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Minimum RequirementsIMG_6121

  • The Graduate School requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college  or university and a grade point average (GPA) for the last two years of undergraduate studies of B (3.0/4.0) or higher for admission to the University of Florida.
  • Applicants must obtain acceptable scores (equal to or greater  than the national mean) on all three components (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of the general Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Exceptions to the above  requirements require recommendation by the program and approval by the Dean  of the Graduate School. The standards for admission to Graduate Study in Genetics are higher, but vary from year to year depending on the level of competition  and upon other aspects of the applicants record (GRE and GPA are not any more important than other aspects of your application). In general, please arrange to take the GRE so that we may be assured of having your scores no later than early January. The GRE subject test in Biology is not required for application to this program.

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for the University of Florida Graduate School:

  • Junior/Senior Undergraduate GPA > 3.0
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) combined verbal and quantitative score
    • 1000 if taken prior to August 2011
    • 300 if taken after August 2011

Information for International Applicants

If you are not a U.S. citizen or do not hold a U.S. Permanent Resident Visa you must apply as an international student for admission to the graduate program. Additional information can be obtained from the International Center.

Admissions Criteria

This is a competitive program; fulfillment of the criteria specified below is not in itself sufficient for admission. In particular, the Research Statement required as part of the application is very important to the admissions decision.  You must describe your research interests, so that we can evaluate your knowledge of the discipline, your fit to the program, and your ability to articulate and motivate an interesting research problem. The required letters of recommendation are also extremely important in helping us identify applicants with exceptional aptitude for genetics, and with research experience and promise.

We encourage prospective students to establish a dialog via email, letter, or telephone with one or more faculty members whose work interests you prior to applying to our program. You might start by sending them your CV and other relevant information, and to discuss your scientific interests and research ideas with them. This dialog may assist you in identifying faculty members with whom you would like to conduct first-year laboratory rotations.Student laboratory rotations are a particularly exciting feature of the Genetics graduate program, and epitomize our philosophy that good geneticists are broadly trained and integrative. Many current faculty members still vividly recall the transforming effects of their rotations during graduate school – they didn’t always end up where they expected!

Rotations can open your eyes to areas of genetics that you had never considered, and entice you into considering brand new career opportunities. Each student will sample the breadth and depth of genetics research at UF by carrying out three 8-week modules consisting of design, implementation and analysis of genetics experiments. Each rotation is conducted in close association with a faculty member whose work interests you. To ensure that you fully experience the impressive breadth of genetics research at UF, your rotations will be hosted by faculty in at least two different Colleges (e.g., College of Agricultural and Life SciencesCollege of Liberal Arts and SciencesCollege of MedicineCollege of PharmacyCollege of Veterinary Medicine etc).

Several sessions of our weekly seminar series will be dedicated to student presentations of rotation plans and results, in order to provide you with speaking opportunities and to increase general awareness among faculty of ongoing research projects. We consider the rotation program to be a centerpiece of your first year in graduate school, during which you will identify a faculty member who will serve as your major advisor for the remainder of your program. Students will be provided the opportunity to present their rotation plans and results to faculty and other students during a regularly scheduled student seminar series.

To apply for the program, please visit the Application Process page, read the instructions, and complete the online application form. You will be requested to select the program you are applying for. Please select the button for Genetics & Genomics, noting that this program is not IDP Biomedical Sciences-Genetics. To ensure that your application is routed correctly, please email Hope Parmeter, graduate program assistant, and let her know that you have applied.