How to Apply
Online MS Program

Candidates for admission to the program must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. In addition, all students are expected to meet the minimal admission requirements of the University of Florida’s Graduate School, which include

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college
  • Submission of GRE results
  • Junior-senior level grade point average of 3.0
  • A completed application for Graduate School, including a letter of intent, official transcripts, completed application form, and three letters of recommendation

International students whose primary language is not English will have to demonstrate a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 80 on the web-based version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

Applicants will be expected to have taken the following coursework: Calculus III, a linear algebra course, and an introductory statistics course.

You must apply to and be accepted by BOTH the Graduate School at the University of Florida and the master’s program in Biostatistics. Applying through the Graduate School’s online application portal, however, is the only application that needs to be completed. (We do not require a SOPHAS application or submission of other materials to the department outside the online application.) Applications will be accepted until July 15, 2021 for Fall 2021 admission. Applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee and considered for admission as soon as a complete application is submitted through the online portal (this includes transcripts, three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and GRE/TOEFL scores). 

Application Process and Checklist

Application to Graduate School at University of Florida

See the Graduate School’s application instructions page  for detailed information on applying to Graduate School.

The mailing address of the Graduate School is:

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

  1. Complete the application form online at Graduate School Online Application Portal, and pay the $30US application fee. Other required materials (transcripts/GRE scores should be sent to the address listed above. (Current and former University of Florida students are no longer exempt from this application fee; the $30US application fee is required from all students applying to a graduate program.) Note: If you are already or have been a UF graduate student within the last two terms, the application process is different than outlined below. Please contact Kristen Cason ( for further directions before applying if either of these situations apply to you.

  2. Select “Distance Education” as Location, Under College/School, specify Program of Study as College of Public Health and Health Professions, Then choose “Master of Science” in Biostatistics   VERY IMPORTANT STEP!!!
    (If this is done incorrectly, your application may not be routed to the proper place for admission consideration. If you have any questions about this, please contact Kristen Cason before finalizing and submitting your application.)
    Note: No Program Specialization or Department Contact Name is required to submit the application. Please leave these fields blank.

  3. Arrange to have official transcripts from each previous institution attended (other than University of Florida) sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions (address above.) Please aim to have these transcripts delivered by the application deadline. Uploading unofficial transcripts within the application system is also highly recommended. If you are unable to submit the official transcripts by the deadline, please be sure to upload or provide unofficial copies of previous transcripts via the online application portal so the admissions committee has these for evaluation purposes. Failure to provide transcripts either official or unofficial will result in a delay in application review and could result in denial from the program due to an incomplete application.

  4. Arrange to have official GRE  test scores sent directly to University of Florida (Please use code – 5812)
    Due to COVID-19, the requirement for GRE test scores has been lifted through Fall 2021. Students may still submit official or unofficial scores to strengthen their applications.

  5. Arrange to have official TOEFL scores sent to address above (international students only). (Please use code – 5812)

  6. Statement of Purpose (1-2 page explanation of your career goals and why you wish to earn the master’s degree at the University of Florida; You may exceed the 500 word maximum mentioned in the online application portal.)

  7. Three letters of reference that attest to your accomplishments and academic potential. Can be sent either via online application or directly to the department.

Miscellaneous Documents submit through the online application portal or directly to the Department of Biostatistics (via Kristen Cason

  • Unofficial copies of transcripts from each previous institution attended (other than University of Florida).
  • Current résumé.

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