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Mandatory Department Application

To obtain an MSP with a major in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a concentration in Forensic Science, Forensic DNA & Serology, or Forensic Drug Chemistry, or an MS in Veterinary Medical Sciences and a concentration in Forensic Toxicology, participants must be admitted as MS students by the UF College administering the program.

Applications and all application materials must be received by the final application deadline for the semester you are applying to.

Please contact with any questions regarding the application or related procedures.

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

When completing and submitting the application, please note the following important information for each section of the application:

Getting Started

  • Keep the username and password that you create in order to log in and edit your application before submission.

Submitting the Online Application

Personal Information

  • Provide all of the requested Personal Information.
  • International Applicants:

    • You must enter your Surname and Given name in the Passport Name section even if you do not have a passport.
    • If you are a permanent resident alien and/or reside in the United States, you must provide your resident alien number and upload a copy of your permanent resident alien card directly to the application.
Conduct Disclosure
  • Accurately answer and report all information in the Conduct Disclosure section.
Application Information & Program of Study

Follow the instructions below to make the correct selections for the degree you are applying for:
  • In the Location dropdown, select Distance Education.
  • Forensic Toxicology Applicants ONLY:
    • In the Program of Study section, click or search College of Veterinary Medicine. From the expanded selection, choose:
      • Veterinary Medical Sciences
  • All other Forensic Sciences Applicants:
    • In the Program of Study section, click or search College of Pharmacy. From the expanded selection, choose:
      • Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Forensic DNA and Serology if you are applying to the Master of Science in Pharmacy with a major Pharmaceutical Sciences and concentration Forensic DNA and Serology.
      • Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Forensic Drug Chemistry if you are applying to the Master of Science in Pharmacy with a major Pharmaceutical Sciences and concentration Forensic Drug Chemistry.
      • Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Forensic Science if you are applying to the Master of Science in Pharmacy with a major Pharmaceutical Sciences and concentration Forensic Science.
  • Choose the term you are applying for from the dropdown. Applicants applying for Summer admission must select Summer A/C.
  • Review your selection in the Program Display and verify that it is correct before moving to the next application step. If you need to amend your selection, choose Re-Select Program.
  • Fill out the Additional Information section with the following:
    • Under Concentration, choose the dropdown option matching your Program of Study
      • Forensic Toxicology Applicants should select Forensic Toxicology
    • Leave the Program Specialization field blank
    • In the Department Contact Name field, type HSC DESS Admissions Team

    Academic Background

    • Report your Undergraduate Major.
    • Enter all of the colleges or universities you have attended. Accurately report the degree, and degree date, you earned.
      • Upload your unofficial transcripts for each school, if you have them.
      • Note- If you are offered admission based on unofficial transcripts you will still be required to submit official transcripts to prevent a hold on your student record. (instructions for sending official transcripts are on Step Three).
    • Although we consider both the overall and upper-division GPA for all applicants, the upper-division GPA must be reported on the UF Graduate Application. Use the instructions on the application, and this worksheet, to calculate and accurately report your upper-division GPA. It is extremely important to accurately report your degree(s) and upper-division GPA. Failure to do so can cause processing delays and may negatively impact your application upon review.


    • Report past and/or planned activities in this section, including pertinent work experience.

    English Proficiency Test Scores

    • International applicants that are required to provide English proficiency test scores should select the test that they have taken, or plan to take, to meet this requirement.

    Additional Questions (Statement of Purpose & Resume/CV)

    • A statement of purpose and resume/CV are required for MS degree applications. The "Additional Questions" section will allow applicants to upload their documents to their application for review. For those wishing to upload their statement of purpose or CV/resume after the application has been submitted, they can do so by logging into the application portal using this link:

    Letters of Recommendation

    • Letters of recommendation are not required and are not considered or reviewed in the admission decision process.

    Residency Information

    • Enter your residency information. The residency of our students has no bearing on tuition cost for our program, but this information is required by the University of Florida.
    • If you are a non-Florida resident, check the appropriate box.
    • If you are a Florida resident, fully complete the Residency Information section, including the numbers and original issue dates for two of the following three identifying documents.
      Documents may be directly uploaded to the application:
      • Driver's License
      • Vehicle Registration
      • Voter Registration

    Application Fee

    • The $30 application fee must be paid with the submission of the online application in order for the application to be submitted.

    Additional Information

    • Add to your ‘safe list’ on your email account. If you receive any emails from UF regarding your application, you must respond.

    Go to Graduate Application

Domestic Applicant Transcript Requirement

Applications may be reviewed on the basis of unofficial transcripts. You should upload your unofficial transcripts in the “Academic Background” Section of your application. If your bachelor’s degree is not yet conferred at the time of application or if unofficial transcripts are the basis of your admission decision- You must submit original, official transcripts to the University of Florida Office of admissions no later than the start of registration for your second semester. Failure to submit the required documents will result in a credentials hold on your record and the inability to register for future coursework.

Submitting Domestic Transcripts:

All students must have transcripts sent to the Office of Admission for all college coursework completed. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted at the time of application, but official, sealed transcripts must be submitted before the start of registration for the second semester. The transcripts sent should correlate to the schools listed on your application (Step 2).

Domestic transcripts can be sent via post or electronically. Request 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

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.

International Applicant Transcript Requirement

Transcript/Mark Sheet and Diploma/Degree Certificate

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, exact literal English translations are required. The English translation may come from your university or may be completed by a certified translator. Original documents are strongly preferred. However, if you cannot send originals we can accept the WES ICAP evaluation. We cannot accept the WES evaluation report or any other evaluations from other credential services.

For applicants that do not need any of their documents returned, use the following instructions.

All academic credentials sent using these instructions become property of the university. They will not be returned to you or forwarded to a third party. Credentials of applicants who do not enroll will be destroyed.

Request official, original transcripts from every school that you reported on the UF Graduate Application in Step 2 and have them sent to the following address.

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

For applicants who need any of their documents returned, use the following instructions.

We must have your original diploma verifying that the degrees reported were earned. Your transcript/mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate with English translations (if the native language is not English) 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.

We keep your documents locked and safe until after your application materials are processed and an application decision can be made. Once the documents are reviewed, we will send them 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.

Packages that include documents to be returned must be sent to:

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

The English Language Skill Requirement

If your native language is not English, or if you graduated with a bachelor's degree from a non-English speaking country, you will need to take and submit your TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or other Graduate Council approved English language skills test scores.

Non-English speaking countries are those which are not included in the Graduate School's list of English speaking countries.

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

All applicants must have ETS (Educational Testing Service) send their official TOEFL test scores directly to the UF Office of Admissions at code 5812. No department code should be selected.

  • Only official, sealed scores, direct from ETS, are acceptable. Self-reported scores, unsealed copies of score reports or photocopies of score reports cannot be accepted as official final documents.

Minimum TOEFL Scores Required

To be considered for the master's degree, the applicant must score the following on the TOEFL:

TOEFL Exam TypeRequired Score
Paper-based 550
Computer-based 213
Internet 80