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Apply: Master’s Degree

Mandatory Department Application

Contact us if you are interested in taking courses as a non-degree student prior to acceptance.







Complete the UF graduate application*

When submitting the application, please note:

  • Follow all instructions carefully and complete all sections.
  • The $30 application fee can be paid with the submission of the online application.
  1. You may upload an unofficial transcript so that we can efficiently process your application, but for acceptance, you must submit an official transcript to UF from your school.
  2. Select the correct college, major, and type of concentration under the Degree Programs section of the application by using the following information:
  3. Program of study Medical Sciences Gerontology – Distance Learning
  4. Two letters of recommendation are required. Use the application’s Recommendations section to request letters of recommendation via email OR upload your letters of recommendation in the Education and Activities section under “Upload Other.” If you are unable to submit your letters of recommendation using either of these methods, contact Teresa trichar@ufl.edu for further instructions.
  5. A resume and a statement of purpose are required. Upload these documents to the application.

Test Scores

The GRE Requirement: For All (Domestic and International) Applicants

  • We only require the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE to be taken and reported.

  • Once you have taken the GRE, the scores take 6 weeks to be processed within the Office of Admissions. Please take this into account when you schedule your GRE. We recommend taking the exam no later than the term application deadline you want to apply for.
  • If you have earned a graduate or professional degree from an accredited university in the United States, you are exempt from this requirement and do not need to submit GRE scores.
  • 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.
  • GRE scores remain active for 5 years. If you have not taken the GRE within this 5-year time limit, you must retake it.

Sending GRE scores to the University of Florida

You must have ETS (Educational Testing Service) send their official GRE test scores directly to the UF Office of Admissions at code 5812. Only official, sealed scores, direct from ETS (Education Testing Service), are acceptable. Self-reported scores, unsealed copies of score reports, or photocopies of score reports cannot be accepted as official final documents.

The GRE and Your Application

The overall GRE score is taken into account—along with other factors, such as undergraduate GPA, grades from other graduate courses, and experience.

English Language Skill Requirements for Admission: International Applicants Only

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.

Sending TOEFL or English Language Test Scores to the University of Florida

You must have ETS (Educational Testing Service) send their official TOEFL test scores directly to the UF Office of Admissions at code 5812.

Only official, sealed scores, direct from ETS (Education Testing Service), are acceptable. Self-reported scores, unsealed copies of score reports or photocopies of score reports cannot be accepted as official final documents.

Minimum Scores Required

To be considered for the master’s degree, you must score the following on the TOEFL:

TOEFL Exam Type Required Score
Paper-based 550
Computer-based 213
Internet 80

Transcripts

All students must have official, sealed transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions as a portion of the application materials. The transcripts should correlate to the schools listed on your application (Step 2).

Former UF students who have not attended any school after UF do not need to request transcripts. Email trichar@ufl.edu if this applies to you.

If you are not finished with your bachelor’s degree yet, please send a transcript with the finalized degree showing it was earned. Receipt of this transcript must be received and processed before a decision can be made on the application.

Requesting Transcripts: Domestic Applicants Only

If either your bachelor’s or graduate degree(s) were earned in the United States, please see the transcript requirement below.

Request official original transcripts in individually sealed envelopes from every school you have attended since high school be sent to :

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

Transcript/Mark Sheet and Diploma/Degree Certificate: International Applicants

If either your bachelor’s or graduate degree(s) were earned outside of the United States, please see the transcript and diploma requirement below.

Graduate applicants must submit an official, original document in the native language of each transcript/mark sheetand diploma/degree certificate from each university or college attended. If the native language for the documents is not English, certified, literal (exact) English translations are required. The English translation may come from your university or may be completed by a certified translator.

Your transcript/mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate with English translations (if required) 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.

Packages must be sent to:

Attn: Teresa Richardson
University of Florida College of Medicine
Department of Aging and Geriatric Research
2004 Mowry Rd
P.O.Box 112610
Gainesville, Florida 32610

*We must have your original diploma verifying that the degrees reported were earned. We keep the diploma locked and safe until after your application materials are processed and an application decision can be made. Once a decision is made, we will send your diploma 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.

Note: If you are not in the Gainesville area, you can disregard the email you will receive about immunization requirements. You will be exempt from having to provide proof of immunization.

Master’s Degree Application Completion Notification

Please fill out the form below to confirm you have completed all of the steps in the application process.