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Horticultural Sciences

Horticultural Sciences

Admissions - How To Apply

Admission Requirements


  • A strong background in horticulture, biology, agronomy, or other life science.
  • A sponsoring faculty member in the Horticultural Sciences Department. Applicants should contact faculty doing research in the applicant’s area of interest (see Research Programs) and inquire about the availability of resources.
  • A score above the minimum in one of the following English language competency exams (if native language is not English).
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): internet-based 80/ electronic 213 /paper 550.
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 77.

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