Mandatory Department Application
The MS in Veterinary Forensic Sciences is administered through the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. A baccalaureate degree (a 4-year degree) in a natural science subject from an accredited institution is required to be considered for admission.. If you have a DVM and no undergraduate degree, the DVM will serve as the basis for admission.
Please make sure that the application is completed and submitted by the term deadline (Key Dates).
Please fill out the form below if you are interested in applying to the University of Florida for a Master's Degree in Veterinary Forensics.
Complete the UF Graduate Application
When completing and submitting the application, please note the following important information for each section of the application:
- Keep the username and password that you create in order to log in and edit your application before submission.
Submitting the Online ApplicationPersonal 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.
- 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.
- In the Program of Study section, click or search College of Veterinary Medicine. From the expanded selection, choose:
- Veterinary Medical Sciences
- 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 Veterinary Forensic Sciences
- Leave the Program Specialization field blank
- In the Department Contact Name field, type UF DESC Admissions Team
- 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 that your application will not be reviewed for an admission decision until your official transcripts are received (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.
Test Score Information
- The GRE is required for all applicants and should be selected on this page with the exception of applicants that hold a graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
- International applicants that are required to provide English proficiency test scores, should select the test that they have, or plan to, take to meet this requirement.
Additional Questions (Statement of Purpose & Resume/CV)
- A statement of purpose and Resume/CV are not required. However, if you would like to submit for our review, please upload these documents to the application.
- If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, it is strongly recommended that you upload these materials to your application.
Letters of Recommendation
- Letters of recommendation are not required and are not considered or reviewed in the admission decision process.
- 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
- The $37 application fee must be paid with the submission of the online application in order for the application to be submitted.
- Add @ufl.edu 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
All students must have official, sealed transcripts sent to the Office of Admission for all college coursework completed. The transcripts sent should correlate to the schools listed on your application (Step 2).
Former University of Florida (UF) students who haven't attended any school after UF do not need to request transcripts.
If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree, only send a transcript once it reflects that your degree has been conferred. This transcript must be received by UF by the final application deadline for the semester you are applying to. Transcripts that confer the degree must be received before any decision can be made on an application.
Domestic transcripts can be sent via post or electronically. Request official, original 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
Attn: Dr. Jason Byrd
4800 SW 35th Drive
Gainesville FL - 32608
The GRE Requirement
The GRE is required for all applications unless you have earned a previous graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (see details under GRE Exemption).
We require a 297 total GRE score with a 153 in the Verbal section and a 144 in the Quantitative section. We do not require the writing portion of the GRE nor it is reviewed.
We recommend taking the exam no later than the early application deadline for the semester you are applying for. Once you've taken the computer based GRE and requested your scores to be sent, it takes 10-14 business days for the scores to arrive to the University of Florida. Including processing time, it can take up to 4 weeks for scores to be paired to your application once you have taken the exam. Please take this into account when you schedule your GRE.
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 from a regionally accredited U.S. institution but will not have it completed by the application deadline for the term you applied for, you are not exempt from the GRE.
Having the GRE sent to the University of Florida
You must have ETS (Educational Testing Service) send your official GRE test scores directly to the UF Office of Admissions at code 5812. No department code should be selected.
GRE scores remain active for five years. If you have not taken the GRE within this five year time limit, you must retake the exam.
- Only official, sealed scores, direct from ETS, are acceptable. Self-reported scores, unsealed copies of score reports, expired scores, or photocopies of score reports cannot be accepted.
- Including processing time, it can take up to 4 weeks for GRE scores to be paired to an application once requested.
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:
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