Applying to the Program

  • Research Experience: Prior experience is not required. However, stronger applicants will have some level of prior research experience.
  • GPA: The minimum requirements for graduate admission at the University of Florida include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all upper division (Junior/Senior) undergraduate work, though stronger applicants will have a GPA of 3.5.
    • Please use the “Self-Reported GPA Computation and Worksheet for Graduate Applications” to calculate your junior-senior GPA.
  • Academic Transcripts: Official transcripts must be received from all colleges or universities attended.
  • Prerequisite Courses: Candidates should have taken undergraduate courses in general biology, chemistry, and biochemistry. Applicants with undergraduate academic performance that does not meet these requirements are encouraged to consider pursuing a year of post-baccalaureate studies with the goal of demonstrating an ability to achieve satisfactory academic progress in graduate level courses.
  • Personal Statement: Please be sure to identify your college major in your personal statement. Describe how a M.S. in Medical Sciences with a Neuroscience concentration is relevant to your career goal(s). While research experience is not a prerequisite, applicants should discuss areas of neuroscience research of interest to them and highlight any previous research experience(s).
  • GRE: Applicants are required to submit a satisfactory score of 300 or above on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general exam. Subject exam scores are not required. The GRE exam must have been taken within the past five (5) years. Applications are evaluated based on an overall assessment of research experience (if applicable, and measured based on the content in the written personal statement and requested letters of recommendation), undergraduate course load, GPA, and GRE scores.
    • Although there is no University-mandated minimum GRE score, stronger candidates will have a score of 310 or above.
    • The University requires international students to have a minimum verbal score of 140.
  • TOEFL: International students whose native language is not English and who have not studied at an institution in the United States or other English-speaking country for one year or longer must have a score of at least 550 on the written version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 80 on the internet-based TOEFL. The TOEFL exam must have been taken within the past two (2) years. Exemptions to the TOEFL score requirement are granted per University of Florida policy for English proficiency. The university’s TOEFL code is 5812.

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, we cannot offer an indication of how competitive your application will be before you apply.  If you are confident that a completed application will demonstrate exceptional strength as described above, we encourage you to submit your application.

(Before beginning your application, read all of the information and instructions on the web pages of the UF Graduate School and the UF Office of Admissions.)

(International applicants: Make sure to read all of the information for Prospective International Students on the Office of Admissions website.)


How to Apply

(1) Complete and submit the online application to the UF Graduate School.

Program of Study:

  • For ‘Program of study’, choose ‘College of Medicine’ as shown below
  • Program-of-study-1-Masters-in-Neuro
  • From the menu that appears once ‘College of Medicine’ is selected, choose ‘Medical Sciences, Degree Name – Master of Science’ and select term for which you plan to enroll
The MS in Neuroscience degree program has a fall start date only.
  • Degree selection 2 Master's in Neuro
  • Under Additional Information, select ‘Neuroscience’ from the ‘Concentration’ dropdown menu and type in ‘Neuroscience’ in the ‘Program specialization’ field. JoAnne Ruman is the ‘Department contact name’.
  • Neuro Concentration selection 3 Master's in Neuro

Note:The ‘Program specialization’ field must be completed in order for the department to associate your application with its concentration.

Statement of Purpose:

Describe your career goals and how a M.S. in Medical Sciences with a concentration in Neuroscience is important to achieving those goals.

College Information and Activities section:

Under the “Resume/Other (Optional)” section:

  • Use the “Upload Resume” button to upload a CV/resume.
  • Use the “Upload Other” button to upload a single Cover Letter document (3 page maximum) that includes:
    • a brief overview of your background
    • a description of your prior research experience with a focus on your most significant experiences
    • your current status (e.g., whether you are currently an undergraduate who is graduating this year, a medical student, resident physician, fellow, graduate student in another program, faculty, etc.)
    • your reasons for applying to the program

(2) Submit three letters of recommendation using the UF Graduate School Online Recommendation Requests within the Graduate School online application system. Requests for letters of recommendation from UF faculty and staff should be accompanied by the UF Release for Letter of Recommendation form.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to include at least one letter from a research mentor.

(3) Submit the UF application fee payment following the instructions provided by the UF Office of Admissions.

(4) Arrange to have official test scores (GRE, MCAT, IELTS, MELAB, TOEFL) sent to the UF Office of Admissions following the instructions provided by the Office of Admissions.

(5) Arrange to have official transcripts for prior degree programs sent to the UF Office of Admissions following the instructions provided by the Office of Admissions.

(6)* International Applicants: If the language of instruction at the institution(s) you attended was not English, you must also provide an official literal (exact) English translation of your native language transcripts.

(7) Notify us that you have submitted your application by filling out the form below: