How to Apply

Guidance for Prospective Students

Deadline to apply for Fall 2023 Ph.D. admission is December 1, 2022.

NOTE 1: PMCB offers Ph.D. admissions in the fall semesters only.
NOTE 2: PMCB focuses on Ph.D. degrees, we do not offer M.S. degrees.
NOTE 3: Starting Fall 2021, PMCB will no longer require applicants to submit GRE scores.
NOTE 4: “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 résumé.”

Two UF units evaluate your application to the PMCB Program: the UF Office of Admission (which determines your eligibility for admission to University of Florida Graduate School) and the PMCB program (which determines your eligibility to our graduate program). Each of these units needs specific materials from you, so make sure you send all the materials below to the correct unit before the deadline.

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    Before starting your online application, please make sure you meet ALL the criteria listed under PMCB ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS.

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    Online Application

    Fill out and submit the UF ONLINE GRADUATE APPLICATION.

    1. Make sure that your complete application and all supporting documentation are received by PMCB's Admission Deadline.

    2. When completing the online application, select the correct Program of Study by clicking first on College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and then selecting Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology OR by typing Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology in the Search for a Program box. There is no need to select a Concentration or Program specialization.

    3. You will also be asked to upload several supporting documentation to your online application.

    Below is a list of supporting documentation that needs to be submitted online:

    • Letters of Recommendation: PMCB requires 3 letters of recommendation from scientists or other professionals who can attest to your potential as a graduate student. After you enter the contact information for your recommenders, each one will be sent a web link to upload their letters online. In case a recommender cannot submit his/her letter online, the letter should be sent directly to Amanda Touchton using this PDF form. Please follow up with recommenders to ensure that the PMCB application deadline is met. Just sending the online request to your recommenders does not mean the letters have been actually submitted/received.
    • Statement of Purpose: This is your opportunity to let us know what makes you are a strong Ph.D. candidate, why you are a good fit with the program and how your interests align with the research interest of at least 3 of our PMCB faculty. You may want to describe your previous research, educational, or professional experiences, long term career goals and current research interests. The statement of purpose is limited to 500 words.
    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume: It should reflect your relevant academic and professional accomplishments.
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    Pay Fee

    • The online application fee is $30 plus $7 processing fee.

      Note: UF Applications are specific to a term (fall, spring or summer), level (M.S. or Ph.D.) and program (or department). If applying to more than one UF department/program, level or term you will be charged additional fee(s) accordingly.

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      Arrange to have official transcripts sent to the UF Office of Admissions from each postsecondary institution attended.

      UF Office of Admissions: PO Box 114000, 201 Criser Hall, Gainesville FL 32611-4000, 352-392-1365 (phone), 352-392-2115 (fax).

      Note: If you attended UF, you do not have to order a transcript from UF's Office of the University Registrar.

    • International applicants must submit: 1. official copies in the native language of each transcript, 2. mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate from each university or college attended, 3. along with certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English.

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    Test Scores

    Arrange to have test score results sent directly to UF from the testing agency. Please use code 5812 (UF Institutional Code).

    • English Proficiency Test (International applicants only): your TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS scores need to be sent by ETS directly to UF (again, use code 5812). Check our minimum scores here.

      Note 1: International applicants are exempt from the English proficiency requirement if enrolled for one academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in a country where English is the official language OR if they are from one of the following countries.

      Note 2: TOEFL test scores expire 2 years from the test date.

    • GRE scores are NOT required to apply to PMCB
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    Email PMCB

    Send the following to

    • When your application is complete and ready to be reviewed, please send us an email and include your 8-digit UFID. The UFID number is assigned to you 24-48 hours after submitting your online application and it is available at Check Your Application Status page. You need to use the same username and password used when you submitted your CollegeNET application.
    • You may elect to upload unofficial (scanned) copies of your transcripts, and English Proficiency test scores to the online application AND send PMCB unofficial copies.

      Note: you still need to send your official transcripts, diplomas and English Proficiency scores (if applicable) to the UF Office of Admission. PMCB asks for copies because it may some take time for your official documents to become available to us. However, if you submit online all the required official and supporting documentation ahead of the PMCB deadline (2 weeks at least) you do not need to send PMCB duplicate copies.

    • If we need additional material, PMCB will contact you directly using the email provided in your online application.
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