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Application Process and Forms

Applications are due by February 1 for Fall admission and October 1 for Spring admission.

Candidates seeking admission to the degree program in Interdisciplinary Ecology should obtain application materials from the sources listed below. Applications are received centrally by University of Florida Admissions. The process and required application materials are different for U.S. applicants and international applicants. Admission decisions are made by the School, after assessment of eligibility based on academic background and experience, placement with a faculty advisor who agrees to accept the applicant into his or her research group, and allocation of financial support (if available).

For general guidance on how to apply, the UF Graduate School provides a useful outline of the procedure. General admission requirements can be viewed at UF's Office of Admissions page.

Go to: Eligibility | Application Process | Statement of Purpose | International Students | Financial Assistance | Campus Housing |

      Eligibility for Admission

The University of Florida Graduate School requires applicants to have a minimum grade average of B (3.0 on a 4-point scale) for all upper-division undergraduate work. Applicants must also submit GRE (General Test of the Graduate Record Examination) scores. The school code for the University of Florida is 5812. SNRE requires minimum GRE scores of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative), or, for students whose first language is not English, a quantitative GRE score of 150.

For students whose native language is not English, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is also required, with a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based version, 213 on the computer-based version, or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL. For international students (not from the U.S. or Puerto Rico), UF requires a minimum GRE Verbal test score of 140 (new scale) or 320 (old scale). Information on GRE and TOEFL preparation and testing are provided on the Graduate School website. International students from English-speaking countries are exempt from taking the TOEFL test.

To be eligible for assignments as teaching assistants, students whose native language is not English also must score at least 55 on the Test for Spoken English (TSE). See the Graduate Catalog for further details. Applicants who cannot take the TSE due to lack of access can take the SPEAK test as an alternative, after arriving on campus.

Students seeking joint degrees must apply to both of the degree programs involved and be accepted by each program individually.

      Application Process

Submit your graduate application online. You can find directions on how to apply here. Be sure you enter the correct date of the semester for with you wish to be considered. If you mistakenly type the current year instead of next year, your application will not be visible when staff look up next year's applications. If you make this error and need to change the date, you need to contact the Office of Admissions. After you have submitted your application, you cannot alter your information, except for letters of recommendation, for which you can update contacts and send reminders as necessary. However, you can send additional information or updates directly to the SNRE Director.

To apply, follow these instructions: 


  1. Online Application for Admission to Graduate School for U.S. or international students 
  2. Statement of Purpose (details below)
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Application fee ($30 application fee and $7 administration fee)
  5. Official transcripts of all collegiate work need to be sent to the Office of Admissions
  6. Official copies of test scores need to be sent to the Office of Admissions: Graduate Record Examination scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical Writing) and for international students with a native language other than English, TOEFL scores. The University of Florida GRE/TOEFL Institution code is 5812. 

Note: You are able to apply for more than one degree program at UF, however, you must submit a seperate application and pay additional application and administrative fees. 

      Statement of Purpose

Write and submit a short essay (maximum length of one page typed and single-spaced, approximately 500 words) describing your graduate educational and career interests. What is your vision for your program of study and research? With reference to our curriculum requirements and the Social-Ecological System depicted on our curriculum webpage, briefly but specifically describe how your vision for graduate work makes you a good fit in our degree program in comparison with other more-specialized degree programs available at the University of Florida. Be sure to identify your general area(s) of interest and list specific examples. It will be very helpful to the faculty reviewing your application for you to identify the general nature of any fundamental concepts, questions-problems-opportunities, and problem-solving that you intend to investigate during your graduate studies. Identify the general types of employment or examples of employers you envision for your subsequent career. Summarize any research, teaching, job, or volunteer experiences that are relevant to your plans. If you are applying for the master's degree but intend to seek the doctoral degree subsequently, it would be helpful to say that in your statement.

      International Students

Once admitted, SNRE will work with the UF International Center to request an I-20 or DS-2019. The UFIC will contact you automatically to follow up. Please see steps for I-20 or DS-2019 processing here.

      Applying for Financial Assistance

Funding is not required to apply for admission to UF. To apply for a fellowship or assistantship, please fill out the Application for Fellowship or Assistantship Form. Please forward all completed forms to our graduate staff member at Once a faculty member has decided to recruit an applicant, SNRE and the advisor will discuss whether a funding package can be offered. If you have personal or external funding, and therefore do not need to be considered for assistance, please be sure to inform the SNRE graduate coordinator. For more information about funding opportunities, go to Financial Support.

      Campus Housing

If you desire to live on on campus, you can apply online for housing at the same time you apply for admission. More information on campus housing.