How to Apply: Master of Science in Epidemiology

Application Criteria

The following criteria must be met to be considered for admission to the MS in Epidemiology program:

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university
  • Upper-division undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. The University of Florida defines upper-division as all coursework taken after the term during which you earned 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Verbal + Quantitative score of at least 300
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Verbal score of at least 150
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Analytical Writing score of at least 3.0 (strongly preferred: at least 3.5)
  • If an international student, one of the following English proficiency exams:
    • TOEFL iBT score of at least 80 (strongly preferred: at least 90)
    • TOEFL pBT score of at least 550
    • IELTS score of at least 6
    • MELAB score of at least 77
    • Please note: The TOEFL ITP is not accepted for admissions purposes.

Please note that quantitative performance above these thresholds does not guarantee admission. The Department of Epidemiology reviews an individual’s overall application package in determining whether to offer admission.


Planning Timeline

To help with your application planning, we provide the following recommended schedule.

January to April

  • Review minimum admissions criteria.
  • Begin researching scholarships, fellowships, and external financial aid through the Office of Student Financial Affairs and the Department of Epidemiology’s list of funding opportunities for prospective MSE students.
  • Schedule the GRE General Test to be taken no later than October for paper-based exams and November for computer-based exams to allow time for the official score reports to arrive.
  • If required, schedule the TOEFLIELTS, or MELAB test to be taken no later than October for paper-based exams and November for computer-based and/or Internet-based exams to allow time for the official score reports to arrive.

April to September

  • Initiate conversations with your recommenders.
  • Request official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended to be sent to the Office of Admissions. International applicants must provide an official literal (exact) English translation for the native language transcripts and diploma/degree certificates, if the language of instruction at the institutions attended was not English. International applicants must also submit an official degree certificate for each previous degree awarded.
  • Plan a visit to the Department of Epidemiology to meet your potential mentors and ask any questions you may have about the application process. Send an email to abihummel@ufl.edu if you would like to schedule a visit to the department.

October and November

December

  • Application submission deadline is December 1st.
  • Applicant interviews will take place during the week of December 10th – 14th. Please make sure you are available during that week in the case you are invited to interview with the Admissions Committee in person (as available) or via Skype.

January to March

  • Continue to monitor your UF application status to make sure that all required documents have been received. All official documents must be received by the Office of Admissions before an offer of admission can be made.

April

  • All admissions decisions will be sent out by April 1st.

Application Instructions

Applicants must apply to and be accepted by both the UF Graduate School and the Department of Epidemiology. Applying through the University of Florida online Application for Graduate Admission, 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 of the online application. All application materials must be received by the December 1st deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Download an application checklist to assist with your application submission.

Please note: If you are already or have ever been a UF graduate student, your application process may be different from the one outlined below. Please send an email to abihummel@ufl.edu for information if this applies to you.


Step 1: Complete the University of Florida online Application for Graduate Admission

The following items are needed for review by the Graduate School:

  • Correct program information specified in the University of Florida online Application for Graduate Admission:
    • Location: Main Campus – Gainesville
    • Program of Study: College of Public Health and Health Professions (not College of Medicine) – Epidemiology – Master of Science
  • Non-refundable application fee ($30, plus a $7 credit card processing fee). The application fee is required from all students applying to a graduate program, including current and former UF students. The application fee may only be paid by credit card on the University of Florida online Application for Graduate Admission.
  • Official transcripts from each previous institution attended. International applicants must provide an official literal (exact) English translation for the native language transcripts and diploma/degree certificates, if the language of instruction at the institutions attended was not English. International applicants must also submit an official degree certificate for each previous degree awarded.
  • Official GRE scores
  • If an international applicant, official TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores

Official transcripts, IELTS, and MELAB scores should be sent to the following address:

For courier (such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL) delivery:

University of Florida
Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL
32611-4000

For US Postal Service delivery:

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

Transcripts can also be sent electronically to te@admissions.ufl.edu. The University of Florida accepts electronic transcripts from Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, and eScrip.

Official GRE and TOEFL scores should be sent to the University of Florida, code 5812.


Step 2: Complete the departmental application

The following items are needed for review by the Department of Epidemiology. All of the below documents may be uploaded to the University of Florida online Application for Graduate Admission or sent directly to the department via email or regular mail. There is no need to submit the below documents multiple times (e.g., through the University of Florida online Application for Graduate Admission and via email to the department).

  • Unofficial transcripts from each previous institution attended. International applicants must provide an unofficial literal (exact) English translation for the native language transcripts and diploma/degree certificates, if the language of instruction at the institutions attended was not English. International applicants must also submit an unofficial degree certificate for each previous degree awarded.
  • Unofficial GRE scores (a screenshot, scan, or the PDF you can download from ETS)
  • If an international applicant, unofficial TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores (a screenshot or scan)
  • Three letters of recommendation. Please note: All letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by your recommenders. Letters of recommendation submitted by applicants will not be accepted. All letters of recommendation should be submitted on letterhead.
  • Professional statement of purpose outlining objectives that match the philosophy and focus of the program.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)

Regardless of how you submit the above documents, please send an email to abihummel@ufl.edu when you have completed your application, including the following information:

If sending your departmental application directly to the department, email your materials to abihummel@ufl.edu, or mail to:

For courier (such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL) delivery:

Abigail Hummel
Department of Epidemiology
University of Florida
2004 Mowry Road
Room 4236
Gainesville, FL
32610-3010

For US Postal Service delivery:

Abigail Hummel
Department of Epidemiology
University of Florida
2004 Mowry Road
PO Box 100231
Gainesville, FL
32610-3010


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