Microbiology and Cell Science Graduate Admissions

Admissions and Application Information

The University of Florida Graduate School requirements for admission include an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a combined score of 300 (Includes Verbal and Quantitative Scores) on the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee an applicant’s acceptance into the program. In evaluating each applicant, the department’s Graduate Committee members include in their consideration a thorough review of the transcript, letters of recommendation provided, statement of purpose, area of research interest, etc. Students are encouraged to complete undergraduate coursework in biochemistry and microbiology before they apply.

How to Apply:

Admission into the UF Microbiology and Cell Science graduate program requires that an applicant be accepted both by the UF Graduate School and by the Microbiology and Cell Science Department. To complete the application process, apply online via the Graduate School admissions web site and select the “Graduate” option to create an account and begin your application. Visit the UF Graduate School web page for step-by-step instructions on how apply. Select the “Apply Now” icon below to go directly to the Ph.D. Application. 

Applications must be completed by December 15th.


Please note: Each applicant must send a $30.00 application fee (non-refundable) to the UF Office of Admissions. The Admissions office will not process applications until the application fee is received. The address is listed below:

Office of Admissions University of Florida P.O. Box 114000 201 Criser Hall Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

Required Application Materials

U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens

Submit to Graduate School:

$30 application fee Application for Admission
Official GRE scores
Official Transcript


International Applicants

Submit to Graduate School:

$30 application fee Application for Admission
Official GRE scores
Official Transcript
TOEFL score (23 or higher speaking section score required, 100 overall recommended)

  • GRE Score Codes for UF: Institution Code is 5812
  • TOEFL Score Codes for UF: Institution Code is 5812, Department Code is 07
  • Three letters of reference (LOR) are required. We suggest that candidates request LOR from professional/academic mentors or colleagues that can comment on their academic/research experiences.
  • A written personal statement is required. The personal statement should consist of a brief essay describing your research experience, career goals, and area of research interest.

The Fall 2019 Application Cycle will open in September 2018

The deadline to apply will be December 15, 2018 for the Fall 2019 semester.

Please contact Jonathan Orsini at jorsini@ufl.edu if you have any questions regarding the application process or deadline.