You must have at a minimum completed a BA or BS degree prior to admission. A minimum grade point average of B (3.0) for upper-division coursework is required. This GPA is calculated using all grades and credits completed after the semester in which the applicant has completed 60 semester hours of 90 quarters of course hours.
All candidates must have completed introductory and advanced coursework with a B or better in either biology, chemistry, neuroscience or physics or have demonstrated professional experience in a neuroscience-related field. To earn an MSc degree from the UF graduate school, students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the completion of this program.
**Please review the Online Masters Program information on this website, especially the Frequently Asked Questions before applying. It is also encouraged that you review the Online Neuroscience Masters Certificate Program as you may find this to be a better option for your situation. Faculty cannot advise students for which program they should apply, as several factors personal to the applicant can go into the decision (finances, schedule, etc.). It is important to review the information on our website in order to make an informed decision.
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, we encourage you to submit your application.
A complete application packet consists of the following:
1) Graduate School Application
- Create and Verify CollegeNET Account
- Complete all requested information on each page of the online application
- Application Information: Select ‘Distance Education’ for Location of Intended Program
- Program of Study: Select ‘College of Medicine’ followed by ‘Medical Sciences with a concentration in Biomedical Neuroscience’.
- Additional Information: Select ‘Biomedical Neuroscience’ for Concentration. Leave Program Specialization and Department Contact blank
- It is very important that you calculate your undergraduate upper-division GPA and enter it in the application.
2) Personal Statement
Explain your purpose for graduate study, including your current goals and reasons for selecting the Neuroscience Masters program. How will the Neuroscience Masters help you reach those goals? Your statement should be approximately 500-600 words or approximately 1 single-spaced page.
Pertinent work history and/or research experience, publications, honors, etc.
4) Two Letters of Recommendation
Letters can be submitted by your recommenders through the online application or emailed by the recommender directly to the Academic Coordinator for the Online Neuroscience Masters, Melissa Naidu.
Letters submitted through the online system take a few days to show up on your application. If a letter will be submitted after February 15 application for Fall or after August 15 for a Spring application, it should be emailed to the Academic Coordinator.
You should upload to your application, unofficial transcripts from ALL institutions attended, which will be used for the initial review. Official transcripts from ALL institutions the applicant has attended are required if admitted to the program.
If sending official transcripts (electronic or post), order them as soon as possible. It may take several weeks for the transcript to be matched to your application once it is received by the Admissions Office and be available to the Department.
If ordering electronic transcripts, please be aware that the Office of Admissions only accepts PDF transcripts from Parchment, National Clearing House, and eScript. The email address for receipt of these transcripts is TE@admissions.ufl.edu
Posted physical transcripts can be sent to:
University of Florida Office of Admissions
ATTN: Graduate Admissions
201 Criser Hall
P.O. Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
6) Neuroscience Assignment
Applicants will be asked to complete a required assignment that will demonstrate their readiness for Graduate-level coursework. Applicants will be sent a link to the assignment and will have 30 minutes to complete it in one, uninterrupted sitting on a computer with internet access.
No GRE is required.
All applicants, regardless of citizenship, must demonstrate English proficiency. English proficiency examination results, such as TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English Test, are encouraged for non-native English speakers, but are not required for freshman admission. SAT or ACT results are required for all freshman applicants.
The university’s test code is 5812.
Questions or items you are unable to upload to the online application should be sent to Melissa Naidu.
If you have any other questions about the Neuroscience Online Masters program, you can visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or email Melissa Naidu.
After Application Completion
Your application package will be evaluated by MSc program faculty. We will consider all aspects of your application packet when making our decision. Admission decisions are made in the context of a holistic credential review process and will take into account your college transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and your personal statement. Decisions will be sent by April 15 for Fall applicants and October 15 for Spring applicants.