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  • Minimum Requirements for Acceptance

    1. A baccalaureate degree (a 4-year degree) in a natural science subject from an accredited institution. If the student has a DVM and no undergraduate degree, the DVM will serve as the basis for admission. If the student does not have a degree in a natural science subject, email Dr. Jason Byrd at jhbyrd@ufl.edu, as they may still be eligible for admission.
    2. Meet the minimum GPA requirements for the program. Master's degree applicants must have an upper-division GPA of a 3.0 (B grade) or better, while graduate certificate and non-degree applicants must have a 2.0 GPA or better. To calculate an upper-division GPA, please use the Upper-Division GPA Worksheet.
    3. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 80 on the internet TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for a person whose native language is not English or for an applicant who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a non-English speaking country. (Non-English speaking countries are those which are not included in the Graduate School’s list of English speaking countries.) Other Graduate Council–approved English language skills tests may be substituted for the TOEFL.

    Master's Degree Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree in a natural science subject
      OR
      A DVM degree
    • An upper-division GPA of 3.0 (B grade) or better
    • GRE examination with a minimum score of 153 Verbal and 144 Quantitative (500 each prior to August 2011)
      • Official scores must be sent directly to the UF Office of Admissions at code 5812 from the Education Testing Services (ETS)
      • 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 but will not have it completed by the application deadline for the term you applied for, you are not exempt from the GRE.

    Graduate Certificate Admissions Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree in a natural science subject
      OR
      A DVM degree
    • An upper-division GPA of 2.0 (C grade) or better

    Non-Degree Admissions Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree in a natural science subject
      OR
      A DVM degree
    • An upper-division GPA of 2.0 (C grade) or better

    There are additional application requirements for international students and students whose native language is not English.

    If a student has a bachelor's degree that is not in a natural science subject, they may still be eligible for the online veterinary forensic sciences graduate program based on work or undergraduate science experience.

    Students may transfer up to 15 credits to an MS degree. Only 9 of those credits may come from institutions approved by UF. All transfer credits must have been taken in the last seven years before the start of a student's first term, be graduate level courses, and have been earned with a grade of “B” or better. Grades with a “B-“ or below will not transfer.

    The University of Florida does not accept transfer credits for the Veterinary Forensic Sciences Graduate Certificate. However, credits from the graduate certificate or non-degree courses can be transferred toward the master's degree program, if students earned a grade of “B” or higher in the course and if they are accepted into the program.

    To transfer credits, email jhbyrd@ufl.edu with the following information:

    • A copy of the student's transcript, including the transcript key (usually found on the back)
    • A list of courses to be considered for transfer and the courses they will replace in the veterinary forensic science program
    • A course syllabus for each course to be considered

    The Supervisory Committee for the student's major will make a decision on whether or not it will accept the transfer. Students must ensure their official transcripts are already on file with the Office of Admissions . If it is not, please send it to:

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

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