Graduate Admission

Graduate Application Information

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida.

If you have questions on the status of your application, please email the Graduate Coordinator Assistant Rachael Vinyard ( or or one of the Graduate Coordinators, Dr. Renée Goodrich-Schnieder (Food Science) or Dr. Mitch Knutson (Nutritional Sciences).
Please include your full name and the eight-digit UF ID number assigned to you by the University.

Once you have submitted your application and received your UF ID number, please send your name and UF ID number to Rachael Vinyard ( so that your file can be downloaded for faculty review.

The following departmental information supplements that available from other University web sites. Although Graduate School requirements are relatively uniform across academic units, department policies are stipulated below.  University requirements can be found at:

Department Admission Procedure

Students seeking admission to FSHN graduate programs for the degrees of M.S. Food Science and Human Nutrition, Ph.D. Food Science, and Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences may begin in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester (although most students typically start in the Fall semester).  There is no set departmental application deadline; however, if you are an international student, it is best to get everything to the University and the Department early, so that if you are accepted, you can meet deadlines for visa applications, etc.

All applicants must send their original transcripts to the University Registrar’s Office.  The FSHN department will accept copies, but all originals must go to the Registrar’s Office.


Office of the University Registrar
Office of Graduate Admissions
221 Criser Hall
University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl 32611

Once all application materials are received and verified by the Graduate School admissions office, a decision to accept or deny is usually made within three weeks. To be competitive for a Teaching/Research Assistantship and certain other financial aid, it is recommended that applications be received by January 15th for the Fall semester start date. The combined Master of Science-Dietetic Internship (MS-DI) program, however, has an application deadline of January 15th and begins only in the Fall semester.

Generally, for direct admission to our Master of Science programs, applicants should have a competitive GRE score and a minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0=A) over the last 60 credits (junior and senior years). A minimum 3.0 average in core science courses is essential. Requirements for admission to our Ph.D. programs are generally higher than those for the M.S. programs. Under certain circumstances and with justification, a slightly lower GRE or GPA may be the basis for conditional admittance.

In order to be accepted to any Graduate Program, departmental policy requires that applicants have a Faculty Advisor who is willing to accept them into their program.

Graduate student mentoring is a high priority to our faculty. Consequently, some applicants with otherwise acceptable credentials are denied admission because there is no faculty member able to make the necessary commitment of laboratory space and/or supervision time. Thus, evidence of exceptional promise is essential in order to interest appropriate faculty.

Specific Admissions Information

The application must be submitted online. Supporting materials include the following:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude scores (sent directly from ETS). The GRE code for the University of Florida is 5812 and for the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department is 0107. The scores must be sent to the University, not the Department.
  • Complete official transcripts. Direct admission to our Master of Science programs requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0=A) over the last 60 credits (junior and senior years). A 3.0 average in science courses is essential. Send an original copy to both the Registrar’s office and the department.
  • Listing of courses in progress or planned if you are still matriculating.
  • Three letters of recommendation. They can be sent online by the referee, with your application materials, or separately. If separately, they must be sealed with the signature of the recommender written across the back of the envelope.
  • Statement of educational objectives and career goals (Statement of Purpose). You may send the Statement of Purpose with your application materials or enter it online with your admission application.

Materials should be sent to:

  • Graduate Coordinator Assistant
    Food Science and Human Nutrition Department
    572 Newell Drive, FSHN Bldg – Room 359
    University of Florida
    PO Box 110370
    Gainesville, FL 32611-0370

For International Students Only

In addition to the requirements listed above, international students must submit the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language score (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For the TOEFL, the University requires a minimum score of 213 (computer based), 80 (internet based), or 550 (paper based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.0. The TOEFL/IELTS code is 5812 for the University of Florida and 99 for our Food Science and Human Nutrition Department. The scores must be sent to both the University and the Department
  • Proof of complete financial support from his/her government, a document detailing fellowship or scholarship support from an international agency, or a written commitment from one or more faculty members in our Department who agree to provide financial support from grant or contract funding. The support must cover the entire matriculation (see

Exemptions: International students 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 prior to your anticipated term of enrollment at UF, or if you are from one of the following countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands, Zimbabwe.

Statement of Educational Objectives and Career Goals (Statement of Purpose)

Please pay particular attention to the Statement of Purpose letter required by the Department as part of your admission application. Cogent, thoughtful, well-written essays are most likely to draw the positive attention of evaluating faculty. In developing your statement of purpose, be sure to make the important distinction between our three graduate tracks. These are: M.S. and Ph.D. programs in both Food Science and in Nutritional Sciences, and the combined Master of Science – Dietetic Internship Program. There may be some overlap in a graduate degree program; however, selection criteria and evaluating faculty vary depending upon your stated area of interest. If you are undecided, please review our web page for faculty interest and program descriptions or contact one of the Graduate Coordinators . Applying to the inappropriate program lengthens the evaluation process.

Questions About Your Application Status

If you have questions on the status of your application, please email the Graduate Coordinator Assistant, Rachael Vinyard ( or one of the Graduate Coordinators and include your full name and the eight-digit UF ID number assigned to you by the University.