Use the links to the left to access information about admissions to the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences, as well as online admissions web pages and other information about the University of Florida, the College of Medicine, and Gainesville.
The next admission date is fall 2014. The application deadline is Monday, December 2, 2013; however, we will consider qualified applications beyond that date.
The IDP in Biomedical Science is hosting an Open House in December (Saturday date TBA), from noon until 4:00 for UF students and all potential applicants who are close enough to drive and visit. The application deadline for people who attend the Open House will be extended to December 15. Please see the link at the top of the left panel for more information.
Please note – The following paragraphs clearly delineate the admissions standards for the IDP in Biomedical Sciences. If you meet our minimum requirements outlined here and believe that our program offers the education and training that fit your career development, we encourage you to apply. Due to the large number of applications, we cannot reply to emails that inquire about requirements already listed.
Note also that students in the IDP in Biomedical Sciences do not choose their mentor until the end of the spring semester of their first year. Faculty members are not allowed to make arrangements with applicants to join their laboratories before they are admitted and perform laboratory rotations. Therefore, it is not appropriate for potential applicants to ask faculty members if they can join their research team. However, it would be appropriate to ask if they plan to take new students in the upcoming year. Because joining a specific faculty member’s laboratory cannot be guaranteed, we highly recommend that potential applicants examine our faculty using the Program and Faculty pages linked in the bar above this page to get a sense for the research interests of our faculty.
Research Experience. An essential factor for admission to our Ph.D. program is prior research experience. Most applicants have a year or more of undergraduate research experience. If you are studying at an institution with limited research opportunities, you should seek out summer research experiences at other research institutions. Research experience is initially evaluated based on a personal statement and letters of recommendation. Although some of our admitted students have earned a Master’s degree, most students are admitted after earning their Bachelor’s degree.
GPA. The minimum requirements for graduate admission at the University of Florida include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all upper division (Junior/Senior) undergraduate work. Please use the “Self-Reported GPA Computation and Worksheet for Graduate Applications” to calculate your junior-senior GPA. Official transcripts must be received from all colleges or universities attended. Applicants are expected to have taken general biology and chemistry including organic chemistry and biochemistry by graduation from college. Advanced course work in the physical or life sciences sufficient to provide evidence of an interest and aptitude for graduate work in biomedical science is necessary. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take courses in genetics, cell biology, and physiology. Please be sure to identify your college major in your personal statement.
Although the university minimum GPA for admission is 3.0, the mean junior-senior GPA of entering classes of our program is about 3.6. Applicants with weak undergraduate academic performance should consider pursuing a year of postbaccalaureate studies or obtaining a master’s degree before applying, with the goal of demonstrating an ability to achieve satisfactory academic progress in graduate level courses.
Because biochemistry is core to the biomedical sciences, we will not consider an application if the student will not have completed undergraduate biochemistry by graduation.
GRE. Applicants must submit a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general exam. Subject exam scores are not required. Mean GRE scores for successful applicants for 2013 were 316 on the new scale. The mean on the old scale was about 1,200. GRE exam must be taken within the past five (5) years.
Applications are evaluated based on an overall assessment of research experience (personal statement and letters of recommendation), undergraduate course load, GPA, and GRE scores. Selected domestic applicants will be invited for personal interviews and students overseas will be interviewed by Skype in February and March.
International students – Please see the International Student page in the left sidebar for relevant information.
We only accept and consider online applications. No paper applications will be accepted, and the only paper documentation accepted is transcripts directly from institutions. Letters of recommendation, c.v.’s, personal statements, and all other materials must be submitted online via the University of Florida application system.
Note – If you are currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Florida, you cannot submit an online application. You must submit a paper application directly to the Office of Graduate Education. Your undergraduate transcripts and GRE scores are already part of your online record. You will need to provide new personal statements and letters of recommendation and other information that has changed since you enrolled as a graduate student. Please contact the Office of Graduate Education for details (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are a UF undergraduate student, you submit an online application like everyone else.
The first step of applying to the IDP in Biomedical Sciences is applying to the University of Florida Graduate School. Because all of our enrolled students are provided with research assistantships, you do not need to complete the fellowship/assistantship application form.
The Applications Process link in the left sidebar walks you through the process.
The IDP generally accepts transfer students only when they are accompanying a faculty member who is moving to the University of Florida. All other applicants must apply for regular fall semester admission and provide a letter from their current adviser or program director stating that they are in good academic standing and the reasons for seeking a transfer. Transfer of credits from another institution to count toward a UF Ph.D. degree is subject to the limits and conditions set forth by the UF Graduate School.
Completed applications undergo a preliminary review by a subset of the Admissions Committee. The application is presented to the Committee, and a decision is made to reject, hold, or grant the applicant an interview. Domestic applicants who pass the preliminary review are invited to Gainesville for an all-expenses-paid interview visit (Sunday – Tuesday). During the interview visit, applicants also have ample opportunity to meet with current students and to tour Gainesville and the University of Florida campus. Selected international applicants residing outside of the United States are interviewed by video call (Skype).
The invited applicants will interview with four IDP faculty members. Every effort is made to ensure that applicants can meet with faculty representing their advanced program of interest. The interview process provides an excellent opportunity for applicants to obtain a first-hand perspective on the IDP faculty and students, and on the University of Florida and Gainesville.
To inquire about the status of your application, or if you have been invited for an interview and have any problems or questions about your travel arrangements, please contact Susan Gardner by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone (352-273-8601).
Within a few days of the interviews, the Admissions Committee meets to reconsider each application and the interview reports, and a decision is made whether to admit the applicant into the IDP program. All interviewed applicants are informed of the committee’s decision by the week following their interview.
As a member of the Council of Graduate Schools, the University of Florida Graduate School abides by the April 15 deadline for students to accept offers of admission (or the next business day, if the 15th falls on a weekend). For more information about the April 15 deadline, please link to the Council of Graduate Schools.
The IDP Admissions Committee begins meeting in the fall semester, so applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.
U.F. Graduate School – Information & Requirements
For general information about admission to the UF Graduate School and links to the UF Graduate Catalog, please see the Graduate Admissions webpage.