Genetics & Genomics students Dan Stribling, Liudmyla Kondratova, and Rocío Amorín de Hegedüs at the European Conference on Computational Biology.

Application Requirements & How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the UF Genetics Graduate Program! This is a competitive program and fulfillment of the application criteria specified below is not in itself sufficient for admission. Many frequently asked questions can be answered with the information below. 

The application deadline for the following year is December 1. Classes begin in the Fall semester each year. Notification of admissions decisions is generally made starting in early March and continuing until April. At this time, the program does not offer MS degrees.

Apply via the University of Florida Graduate School web page using the button below. Please select Genetics & Genomics in your application, noting that our program is not IDP Biomedical Sciences-Genetics. Submit a Personal Statement and Research Statement. Please apply to our new MS in Genetics & Genomics program also.

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Statement of Purpose or Personal Statement

Your statement should cover topics such as why you want to attend our program, your relevant experiences which have shaped your decision to attend graduate school, what you are hoping to accomplish in our program, what you will bring to our program, etc.

Research Statement

Please note that the UF Graduate Admissions portal does not include a specific section for the upload of the research statement. You can include your research statement as an additional document or upload it attached to your CV or personal statement. Please add a title indicating that the document is your research statement.

The research statement should describe your research interests, so that the Admissions Committee can evaluate your knowledge of the discipline, your fit to Genetics & Genomics program, and your ability to articulate an interesting research problem.

This statement should describe your current interests and what questions you would be interested in exploring in graduate school. We understand that these interests are dynamic and may change, but this statement helps the committee understand your current interests and research vision.

Prior Coursework

As the Genetics & Genomics program has a focus on quantitative skills, we encourage students to have taken at least Calculus I prior to applying. Calculus II and additional math or programming courses also make you more competitive for our program.

Students are expected to have taken genetics or genomics courses, as well as molecular biology and/or cellular biology.


For purpose of initial review, the Office of Admissions accepts unofficial transcripts. Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts within the academic background section of their application, or if not available at the time of application, through their application status page at a later date.

Applicants who receive an offer of admissions should arrange to have official transcripts sent to the UF Office of Admissions from each postsecondary institution attended. If you attended UF as your postsecondary institution, you do not have to order a transcript from the Office of the University Registrar. Official transcripts can be sent to UF in two ways: paper transcript received by UF in a sealed envelope or electronic transcripts sent from your institution directly to UF, which can save up to two weeks response time. UF accepts electronic transcripts through FASTER, Parchment, National Student Clearing House, ScribbleSoft, e-Scrip Safe, Credential Solutions, SCOIR or Transcripts Plus.


Please highlight your past research experiences including any presentations or publications you may have.

Additionally, include any other skills that may be relevant to your success as a PhD student.

Pursuant to Florida Statute, your application requires inclusion of all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé.


The University of Florida Graduate School requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for admission to any graduate program.

Letters of Recommendation

At least three letters of recommendation must be submitted online via the UF application system. Emailed or mailed letters will not be accepted. These letters are a vital part in the decision for admission to our program.

Your letters should reflect the writer’s opinion on your ability to be successful in a PhD program.

GRE - Not required

GRE scores are no longer required for admission to the Genetics & Genomics PhD program

If you would like to submit these optional scores, please submit them electronically to UF.

Application Fee

The UF application system requires a $30 non-refundable fee. You will be required to pay this fee when submitting your application.

Admission Suggestions

Faculty of Interest

We encourage prospective students to establish a dialog via email 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 discussing 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. You are not required to have a faculty mentor chosen prior to getting accepted or entering the program.

Please make sure these faculty know that you are applying to the Genetics & Genomics program.

If you have specific admissions questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us! One of our coordinators will get back to you as soon as possible.

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