How to Apply: PhD Program
You must apply to and be accepted by BOTH the Graduate School at the University of Florida and the PhD 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.) Application deadline will be January 15 for acceptance of Fall applicants. We only admit new students in the Fall terms.
Completion of a master’s degree is not required for application to the PhD program. Completion of a bachelor’s degree is sufficient.
Applicants will be expected to have taken the following coursework: Calculus III, a linear algebra course, and an introductory statistics course.
College of Public Health and Health Professions Typical Quantitative Standard for PhD Graduate Admission
In keeping with the University’s goal to become a top 10 university and given our position as a Research One Institution, the College has set minimum quantitative standards we typically expect for admission consideration to our PhD programs. These include the following:
|GRE (Verbal + Quantitative)||>300|
|GRE Writing Score||>3.0 with at least 150 GRE Verbal, or >3.5 if GRE Verbal <150|
|GPA||>3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate credit (based on a 4.0 grading scale)|
|TOEFL (if applicable)||>80 on the internet version; >550 on the paper version|
*Please note that quantitative performance above these thresholds does not guarantee admission. Each graduate program in the college reviews an individual’s overall application packet in determining whether to offer admission
Note: GRE requirement has been waived through Fall 2021 due to COVID-19)
Application to Graduate School at University of Florida
See http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/ 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
- 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 currently or have been a UF graduate student within the last two terms, the application process is different than outlined below. Please contact Kristen Cason (email@example.com) for further directions before applying if either of these situations apply to you.
- Select “Main Campus-Gainesville” as Location, Under College/School, specify Program of Study as College of Public Health and Health Professions, Then choose “Doctor of Philosophy” in Biostatistics
Note: No Program Specialization or Department Contact Name is required to submit the application. Please leave these fields blank.
- 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.
- 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.
- Arrange to have official TOEFL scores sent to address above (International students only) (Please use code – 5812)
- Statement of Purpose (1-2 page explanation of your career goals and why you wish to earn the PhD degree at the University of Florida; You may exceed the 500 word maximum mentioned in the online application portal.)
- Three letters of reference that attest to your accomplishments and academic potential. Can be sent either via online application or directly to the department (Attn: Kristen Cason)
Miscellaneous Documents submit through the online application portal or directly to the Department of Biostatistics (via Kristen Cason firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Unofficial copies of transcripts from each previous institution attended (other than University of Florida).
- Current résumé.
Send questions to email@example.com