Admission/Curriculum/ Courses


Admission to the doctoral concentrations listed above requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a minimum “B” grade point average for all upper-division undergraduate and graduate work, and a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

*The GMAT is not accepted for admittance into the PhD program.

Students from countries where English is not the primary language are also required to have a minimum score of 80 (Internet version) on the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (213 computer-based; 550 paper-based) .  International students whose native tongue is English or who have studied at a United States or English speaking-based college or university for one year or more (with UF admissions approval) need not submit TOEFL scores, but must submit satisfactory scores on the GRE before their applications for admission can be considered.

Applications will be accepted year-round, but those who are applying for Department and College financial assistance (Assistantships or Fellowships) must submit their applications by the following dates:

  • Fall Admission:  Apply by March 1
  • For Fellowship/Assistantship consideration (FALL APPLICANTS ONLY):  February 1
  •  Spring Admission: Apply by October 1
  •  Late applications may be considered, but this is not guaranteed

Curriculum and Examination

Curriculum includes core Departmental, College, and University course requirements and recommended courses. In summary, doctoral students must pass a comprehensive written and oral qualifying examination upon completion of all coursework, maintain a satisfactory academic record, submit an approved dissertation topic, and receive the supervisory committee’s opinion of ability for advancement to candidacy.  Upon completion of the dissertation, the student must successfully complete an oral examination pertaining to the dissertation research.

Courses and Credits

Undergraduate courses (1000-2999) may not be used as any part of the graduate degree requirements. All 1000- and 2000- level courses may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis.

Six credits of undergraduate courses (3000-4999) outside the major may count when taken as part of an approved graduate program.  Consult the Academic Unit/Committee Chair before registering.

Courses numbered 5000 and above are limited to graduate students with the exception described under Registration Requirements: Undergraduate Registration in Graduate Courses.  Courses numbered 7000 and above are normally for advanced graduate students.

Transfer of Credit

No more than 30 credits of a master’s degree from another institution will be transferred to a doctoral program. If a student holds a master’s degree in a discipline different from the doctoral program, the master’s work will not be counted in the program unless the academic unit petitions the Dean of the Graduate School.  All courses beyond the master’s degree taken at another university to be applied to the Ph.D. degree must be taken at an institution offering the doctoral degree and must be approved for graduate credit by the Graduate School of the University of Florida.  All courses to be transferred must be graduate-level, letter-graded with a grade of “B” or better and must be demonstrated to relate directly to the degree being sought.  All such transfer requests must be made by petition of the supervisory committee no later than the third term of Ph.D. study.  The total number of credits (including 30 for a prior master’s degree) that may be transferred cannot exceed 45, and in all cases, the student must complete the qualifying examination at the University of Florida. In addition, any prior graduate credits earned at UF (e.g., a master’s degree in the same or a different discipline) may be transferred into the doctoral program at the discretion of the supervisory committee and by petition to the Graduate School.  The petition must show how the prior coursework is relevant to the current degree.

Course requirements for doctoral degrees vary from field to field and from student to student. In all fields, the Ph.D. degree requires at least 90 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree.  All master degree credits that are counted must have been earned in the last 7 years.  The supervisory committee is responsible for using established criteria to ensure the academic integrity of coursework before accepting graduate transfer credits.  Acceptance of transfer of credit requires approval of the student’s supervisory committee and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Please submit the Graduate Credit Transfer Form to the Program Assistant by the end of your first semester.