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Admissions Information

Prior Grades and Standardized Testing Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all upper-division undergraduate coursework
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 (4.0 scale) for all graduate coursework
  • GRE scores are NOT currently required.
  • English proficiency testing requirements are described below under “International Students” section.

Application and supporting materials

  1. Apply to the University of Florida graduate program: online application (current UF Graduate students do not need to complete the online application; just submit application materials)
  2. Write cover letter/statement of intent describing your interest in Health Education and Behavior, research experience and interests, professional experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for pursuing a Ph.D. degree.
    • Ph.D. applicants should review profiles of faculty who currently mentor Ph.D. students and then directly contact faculty who you are interested in working with prior to applying, if possible. Include this information in your cover letter/statement of intent.
  3. Create resume/curriculum vitae
    • Pursuant to Florida Statute, your application requires inclusion of all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
  4. Obtain (3) letters of recommendation from faculty members who can attest to your ability to excel in graduate school.
  5. Send writing sample: One example of a single-authored work by the applicant such as a published article, conference presentation, course term paper, or other original work
  6. Submit transcripts for all previous college coursework to University of Florida Office of Admissions (201 Criser Hall, PO Box 114000, Gainesville, FL 32611-4000)

International Students

  • Please submit an official transcript, mark sheets and diploma/degree certificate in the native language from every university or college attended to the Office of Admissions (201 Criser Hall, PO Box 114000, Gainesville, FL 32611-4000). Applicants must also submit certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English.
  • English Proficiency: UF requires proficiency in spoken and written English, and accepts the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (code 5812) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report. The University of Florida does not accept scores compiled from multiple tests to meet English proficiency requirements. Minimum acceptable scores can be found by clicking here.
    • Certain exemptions may be granted pending prior degrees earned in the United States or a country where English is the official language. Click for additional information.

Application Deadline

To receive priority funding consideration, complete applications (including letters of recommendation) should be submitted by December 1. Please note that applications will not be reviewed until all materials (including three letters of recommendation) are received. Decisions are made in early spring for fall semester. 

mail/send application materials to...

Department of Health Education and Behavior
Graduate Program
Florida Gym, Room 5
PO Box 118210
Gainesville, FL 32611

OR, email application materials to Jenny Neelands