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.) The application deadline is 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.

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 5 university and given our position as a Research 1 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 (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.

Application to Graduate School at University of Florida

See the Graduate School’s application instructions page for detailed information on applying to the 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 Malayshia ( for further directions before applying if either of these situations apply to you.
  2. 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.
  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 departmental 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 to 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). Please DO NOT send these transcripts directly to the department.
  5. Arrange to have official TOEFL scores sent to address above (International students only). (Please use code – 5812.) Please DO NOT send these scores directly to the department.
  6. 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.) Please upload this into the application portal.
  7. Three letters of reference that attest to your accomplishments and academic potential. Can be sent either via the online application portal (preferred) or directly to the department by the recommender.
  8. If you are an international applicant, please upload your degree and transcripts in both the native language and English translated language (if applicable)

Miscellaneous Documents submitted through the online application portal.

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

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