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Mandatory Department Application

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in applying to UF’s online master’s degree program in forensic science.





Complete the UF Graduate application form.

When submitting the application, please note:

  • Keep the temporary username and password that you create in order to log in and edit your application before submission.
  • Letters of recommendation are not required or considered in the decision process.
  • Follow all instructions carefully and complete all sections.
  • The $30 application fee should be paid with the submission of the online application.

When filling out the Degree Programs section of the application, under the Program of Study, please choose your program carefully.

For the master’s degrees in Forensic Science, Forensic Drug Chemistry, and Forensic DNA & Serology:

  • Under the header Pharm Sci—Medicinal Chemistry—Distance Ed choose Forensics and then TYPE your program of interest in the Program specialization section.

For the master’s degree in Forensic Toxicology:

  • Under the header Veterinary Med Science—Distance Learning choose Forensic Toxicology.

Domestic and International Applicants

The GRE Requirement:

  • We require only the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE to be taken and reported. Please see score requirements in the chart below.
  • Once you've taken the GRE, the scores take six weeks to get to and process within the Office of Admissions. Please take this into account when you schedule your GRE. We recommend taking the exam no later than the early application deadline you want to apply for.
  • An exemption for the GRE may be granted if you have earned a previous graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. If you have a graduate or professional degree from an international institution, you must take and submit GRE scores. There is no exception.
  • If you are earning a graduate level degree from an accredited U.S. institution but will not have it completed by the application deadline for the term you applied for, you are not exempt from the GRE.

Having the GRE sent to the University of Florida:

  • All applicants must have ETS (Educational Testing Service) send their official GRE test scores directly to the UF Office of Admissions at code 5812.
    • Only official, sealed scores, direct from ETS (Education Testing Service), are acceptable. Self-reported scores, unsealed copies of score reports or photocopies of score reports cannot be accepted as official final documents.
    • Once you've taken the exam and/or had your scores sent, please allow up to six weeks for them to arrive and process within the Office of Admissions.
  • GRE scores remain active for five years. If the applicant has not taken the GRE within this five year time limit, he or she must retake it.
    • Students who have earned a graduate or professional degree from an accredited university in the U.S. are exempt.

How the GRE affects your application

  • The overall GRE score is taken into account along with other factors such as undergraduate GPA, grades from other graduate courses, and experience.
  • To be competitive, applicants should have scores as shown below:
    Exam Section New GRE Scores (after Aug. 2011)
    Verbal 153
    Quantitative 144

International Applicants Only

The English Language Skill Requirements for Admission:

Having the TOEFL or English Language Test sent to the University of Florida

  • All applicants must have ETS (Educational Testing Service) send their official GRE test scores directly to the UF Office of Admissions at code 5812.
    • Only official, sealed scores, direct from ETS (Education Testing Service), are acceptable. Self-reported scores, unsealed copies of score reports or photocopies of score reports cannot be accepted as official final documents.

Minimum Scores Required

  • To be considered for the Master's Degree, the applicant must score the following on the TOEFL:
    TOEFL Exam Type Required Score
    Paper-based 550
    Computer-based 213
    Internet 80

Domestic and International Applicants Transcript Requirement

All students must have official, sealed transcripts sent to the Office of Admission in order to as a portion of the application materials. The transcripts sent should correlate to the schools listed on your application (Step 2).

  • Former UF students who haven't attended any school after UF do not need to request transcripts.
  • If you are not finished with your Bachelor's degree yet, please send a transcript with the finalized degree showing it was earned. Receipt of this transcript must be received and processed before a decision can be made on the application.

Domestic Applicants Only

Requesting Transcripts:

If either your Bachelor’s or graduate degree(s) were earned in the United States, please see the transcript requirement below.

  • Transcripts can be sent via post or electronically. Request official, original transcripts from every school that you reported on the UF Graduate Application in Step 2.

    Send transcripts via post to the following address:

    University of Florida
    Office of Admissions
    201 Criser Hall – PO Box 114000
    Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

    Send electronic transcripts directly FROM the institution TO the UF Office of Admissions at gradpro@admissions.ufl.edu.

    The institution must use one of the following verified companies to submit transcripts or the transcripts cannot be considered valid and official:

    Parchment, Faster, National Student Clearinghouse, Transcripts Plus, Credential Solutions, or E-script/Scrip-Safe.

    If one of these companies cannot be used transcripts must be sent via post.

Transcript/Mark Sheet and Diploma/Degree Certificate: International Applicants

If either your bachelor's or graduate degree(s) were earned outside of the United States, please see the transcript and diploma requirement below.

Graduate applicants must submit an official, original document in the native language of each transcript/mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate from each university or college attended. If the native language for the documents is not English, certified, literal (exact) English translations are required. The English translation may come from your university or may be completed by a certified translator.

Your transcript/mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate with English translations if required should be assembled by you and sent to the address below in one package. If you would like your transcript/mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate returned to you, you must provide a return shipping label and return packaging in the package that you send. You must also include this checklist, filled out, in the package that you send containing your documents.

Please see the checklist here: Checklist

Packages must be sent to:

University of Florida
Attn: Entrepreneurial Programs
2046 NE Waldo Rd, Rm 2200
Gainesville FL 32609

*We must have your original diploma verifying that the degrees reported were earned. We keep the diploma locked and safe until after your application materials are processed and an application decision can be made. Once a decision is made, we will send your diploma back to you via the label and packaging that you provide.  While the University of Florida handles all documents with care, we are not responsible for documents that are lost or damaged in the mail.

Note: If you are not in the Gainesville area, you can disregard the email you will receive about immunization requirements. You will be exempt from having to provide proof of immunization.

Master’s Degree Application Completion Notification

Please fill out the form below to confirm you have completed all of the steps in the application process.