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Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Graduate Admissions

Graduate Majors: How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida. For more information about our graduate degrees, please visit our Graduate Programs page. 


    Minimum requirements for admission to this program include the following:

    • A recognized baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution
    • 3.0 upper-division undergraduate grade point average
    • The GRE is not required for our graduate programs.
    • 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.

    Exceptions to these requirements are subject to recommendation by the department and approval by the associate dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the dean of the Graduate School.

    Please also see the UF Graduate School’s admissions requirements in the Graduate Catalog, as applicants must meet the requirements of both the academic unit and the Graduate School to be admitted for graduate study.

    Non-US and Puerto Rican applicants: Please refer to the UF international student admission requirements on the Graduate Admissions website. 


    The following items must be completed to be considered for admission:

    • Application Form
    • $30 non-refundable Application Fee payment (credit card payments require an additional $7 processing fee)
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions previously attended sent to the UF Office of Admissions, PO Box 114000 (201 Criser Hall), Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
    • Three letters of recommendation: This part of the application is automated in the online application and will require contact information for your references. If they are not able to submit the forms electronically through the online application, please have your recommenders send their letters through email to or by mail to FSHN Student Services, PO Box 110370, Gainesville, FL 32611-0370.
    • Statement of Purpose/Letter of Intent: In this statement, describe how your background and professional interests align with the FSHN mission. Clearly articulate how the experience in our graduate program would position you for future personal and/or professional success. This statement should summarize your professional goals, career objectives, and motivation for graduate work in FSHN. This part of the application is also automated in the online application.
    • Résumé or curriculum vitae: The online application provides the option to upload additional files as needed. Please upload a current résumé or curriculum vitae in this section of the online application.
    • Assistantship/Fellowship Opportunities: Any student interested in an assistantship or fellowship must have their admissions application packet complete by the January 15 priority deadline for fall term admission. Spring and summer term admits will be considered for assistantships/fellowships upon availability. Assistantship/fellowship awards will be determined by the FSHN Graduate Committee during the application review process and communicated directly to admitted students. International students must meet minimum speaking proficiency requirements to be eligible for assistantships/fellowships. For more information: Click Here

    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 (For more information: Click Here)


    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.


    NOTE: These exemptions do not apply to the awarding of assistantships/fellowships. Please see the Graduate Financial Assistance page for more information.


    Fall Admission: January 15 (priority)

    Spring Admission: September 1

    • If you are interested in assistantship/fellowship funding, your application materials should be submitted by the first application review date to be most competitive for available funds.
    • Note that the combined Master of Science-Dietetic Internship (MS-DI) program has an application deadline of January 15th and begins only in the Fall semester.

    Contact UF Admissions.


    Contact the Student Services: 


    Please note that application materials generally take two weeks to link to your UF graduate application. Please provide ample time for this to occur before the deadline.


    Generally, for direct admission to our Master of Science programs, applications should have a minimum undergraduate 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 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 her/his 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.

    Please review our faculty research areas for more information.