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HOW TO APPLY TO SOIL AND WATER SCIENCES GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Students currently holding an undergraduate degree (MS applicants) or a graduate degree (PhD applicants) are welcome to apply to our diverse range of available graduate programs. We offer a distance-based Environmental Science track degree and a distance-based Agroecology concentration degree in Soil and Water Sciences in addition to our on-campus degrees. Before you apply, please take a moment to review our Graduate Program Overview, Departmental Research Areas, Faculty pages, or our Distance Education pages to get an idea of your areas of potential research interest.

Assistantships are available on a competitive basis for outstanding new graduate students in Soil and Water Sciences (see Funding Opportunities for more information). Application to the graduate program automatically qualifies you for funding consideration, provided you have included the Application for Assistantship with your application documents. Distance education and non-thesis MS students are generally not supported by departmental or faculty funding; however, they are eligible for competitive departmental scholarships, which range between $500 and $1,000.

Critical Dates for Completing Application Packets for Graduate Programs

Master of Science (Thesis) & Doctor of Philosophy (Dissertation) in Soil & Water Sciences (On Campus)

  • Summer A/C - Deliberations for competitive funding awards and assistantships will begin January 2nd
  • Summer B - Deliberations for competitive funding awards and assistantships will begin January 2nd
  • Fall - Deliberations for competitive funding awards and assistantships will begin January 2nd
  • Spring - Apply by October 1st

Master of Science (Non-Thesis) Distance Education (DE) Soil & Water Sciences - Agroecology Concentration

  • Fall - Apply by July 1st 
  • Spring - Apply by November 1st

Master of Science (Non-Thesis) Distance Education (DE) or On Campus, Soil and Water Sciences, including Environmental Science Track

  • Fall - Apply by July 1st
  • Spring - Apply by November 1st
  • Summer - Apply by April 1st

Emergency Admission GRE Test Policy Adjustment Due to COVID-19, June 23, 2020:

Due to current admission examination testing difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Soil and Water Sciences Department in sync with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and the UF Graduate School is waiving the GRE requirement for applicants seeking Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer A/B/C 2021, or Fall 2021 admission. This temporary emergency waiver applies only to admission for those four semesters.

Emergency Admission TOEFL/IELTS Test Policy Adjustment Due to COVID-19, July 16, 2020

In light of possible continued testing difficulties here and abroad amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Soil and Water Sciences Department in sync with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the UF Graduate School has made these temporary emergency English test policy adjustments for applicants seeking to start degree programs Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer A/B/C 2021, or Fall 2021 only:  For admission to a graduate degree program, we will accept alternative indicators of English language proficiency in lieu of IELTS and TOEFL scores if both tests are unavailable to the applicant. This temporary emergency waiver applies only to admission for those four semesters.  Alternatives could include:

  1. TOEFL ITP Plus for China scores (click for details: TOEFL ITP China)
  2. Pearson PTE Academic scores (click for details: PTE Academic)
  3. Duolingo scores (click for details: Duolingo)
  4. Documented departmental interviews (in person or via Skype/Zoom)
  5. Documentation of extensive experience with living and working in an English-language environment
  6. Any combination of these alternatives

 Notes: GRE Scores/IELTS Scores/TOEFL Scores

  • GRE Scores Are Required For All Applicants to Ph.D. programs Unless Applicant Has Completed A Previous Graduate Degree From A Regionally Accredited U.S. Institution.  These Scores Expire 5 Years From Test Date.  GRE Scores Are Not Required For Students Applying For MS Degree Program In Soil and Water Sciences That Begin After July 1, 2020 (i.e. Fall 2020 Forward).
  • TOEFL and IELTS Scores Expire 2 Years From Test Date. 

If you have any questions about the graduate application process or the status of your application packet, please e-mail: Student Services or the faculty member you have been corresponding with in regards to your graduate application.

U.S. ApplicantInternational Applicant
Online Application ($30 app fee) Online Application ($30 app fee)
Statement of Purpose (Online Grad App) Statement of Purpose (Online Grad App)
Letters of Recommendation (3) 
*can be requested in online application
Letters of Recommendation (3) 
*can be requested in online application
Official GRE Scores sent from ETS; *School code: 5812* Official GRE Scores sent from ETS (School code: 5812) & Official TOEFL Scores sent from ETS or IELTS Scores (School code: 5812). *See TOEFL Requirements & Exemptions
Upload Copies of Transcripts from all Previously Attended Institutions into Your Online Graduate Application. Upload Copies in the Native Language of each Transcript, Mark Sheets, and Diploma/ Degree Certificate from each University or College Attended, along with Certified, Literal (exact) English Translations for Documents not Originally Issued in English into Your Online Graduate Application.
Mail Official Transcripts from all Previously Attended Institutions to UF Office of Graduate Admissions - 201 Criser Hall - PO Box 114000 -Gainesville, FL 32611-4000. Mail an Official Copy in the Native Language of Each Transcript, Mark Sheet and Diploma/Degree Certificate from Each University or College Attended, Along with Certified, Literal (Exact) English Translations for Documents Not Originally Issued in English to UF Office of Graduate Admissions - 201 Criser Hall - PO Box 114000 -Gainesville, FL 32611-4000. For more info, click here: Academic Credentials

Application for Assistantship/Fellowship
Can Be Uploaded Into Online Graduate Application or You Can Complete, Print, Sign, Scan as PDF and Send To Student Services. 

Important Note: You Can List The Same Recommenders Who Are Completing For Your Graduate Application On The Form, Separate Letters Are Not Needed.

Application for Assistantship/Fellowship
Can Be Uploaded Into Online Graduate Application or You Can Complete, Print, Sign, Scan as PDF and Send To Student Services

Important Note: You Can List The Same Recommenders Who Are Completing For Your Graduate Application On The Form, Separate Letters Are Not Needed.

CV/Resume (Upload In Online Grad App)
*recommended
CV/Resume (Upload In Online Grad App)
*recommended

Graduate applicants to PhD Program are required to take the GRE; while there is no set minimum score required by UF, the most competitive applicants to the SWSD historically apply with an average combined score of 1130 (480 verbal, 650 quantitative) or 303 (152 verbal, 151 quantitative). A minimum 3.0 GPA is required by UF Admissions. In addition, there are some additional requirements for international applicants

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