About Graduate Programs

Vet Med Graduate Programs

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) offers a graduate program that provides extensive training in veterinary medical sciences to qualified students. 

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Various options exist for students who already possess a professional degree in veterinary medicine or an undergraduate degree with preparatory coursework in the biological sciences, mathematics, chemistry, and physics.

Non-degree seeking students can enroll directly in a distance learning program  leading to a Certificate.  Most certificates require one year for completion.  Up to 15 credit hours taken toward these UF certificate programs can later be applied to a CVM master’s or PhD program.

Degree-seeking students must:  obtain the personal financial resources needed to complete the degree (self-funding to cover tuition, student fees, living expenses, and costs for research projects); identify a CVM faculty mentor who will agree to supervise a new thesis student; and apply for admission to the UF Graduate School. Most master’s degree programs require 2 years and most PhD training programs will require 4 years for completion.  The enrollment process takes several months (even longer for international students) and begins by submitting a letter of interest to the CVM Graduate Studies Office.


(PhD) Doctor of Philosophy (thesis) minimum 90 credits

Traditional Research-based, mentored, (usually self-funded—a very limited number of research assistantships, fellowships, and other awards are available for students with exceptional credentials)

(MS) Master of Science (thesis, non-thesis, and online options), minimum 30 credits

Graduate Certificates (non-degree programs)