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Admissions - How To Apply

Admission Requirements

  • English language competency exam (if native language is not English)
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 80 internet based/213 electronic/550 paper
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 77
  • A strong background in horticulture, biology, agronomy or other life science.

Students must have interest from a faculty member in the Horticultural Sciences Department for admission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact faculty doing research in the applicant’s area of interest as soon as possible (see Research Programs).

How to Apply

Frequently Asked Questions - For applicants to the Horticultural Sciences graduate program

Deadlines: Only complete application packets will be considered.
Applications received after the deadline may not receive consideration for funding.
Fall Semester
January 15
Spring Semester
August 1
Summer Semester
December 1

Online Applications are required. Be sure to submit complete application packages to receive full consideration.

Curtis Smyder
Horticultural Sciences Department
University of Florida
PO Box 110690
Gainesville, FL 32611
Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611
  • Copy of Online Application
  • Official transcripts
  • Official English Competency exam score report (if applicable)
  • Application Fee (if not paid online)
UF International Student Center
1765 Stadium Road, Suite 170 HUB
PO Box 113225
Gainesville, FL 32611
International students only. Complete after admission offer is received from our department.

Who Do I Contact?

Dr. C. Eduardo Vallejos, Graduate Coordinator | 352-273-4845 or

Curtis Smyder, Student Services Coordinator | 352-273-4781 or