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We are glad that you have chosen to apply to our graduate program. You should find the information you need for the application process on these pages and through the University Admissions Office and Graduate School pages. Please review all information carefully before your submit your application. Geography cannot edit your information for you after you have already submitted! We assume you have reviewed all this information before you contact us with questions. Note that this is the only page containing current information on our application procedures.

Deadline for Applications: We only admit students for the Fall semester

  • January 31 – All application materials must be received by the Geography Department in order to be considered for funding. Applications are still accepted after this time, but funding decisions will have been made and so the likelihood of funding decreases significantly.
  • April 15 – After this date, your application will not be reviewed in a timely manner as the Admissions Committee does not meet during the summer.
  • May 15 – Final deadline for international students.
  • June 15 – Final deadline for domestic students.

Applications to Graduate School at UF are processed both by the Admissions Office and the Department to which you are applying. The Office of Admissions and Graduate School have sets of requirements for admission. The Department of Geography has its own set of requirements. Geography has the right to require application materials in addition to those required by the University or that are different from other departments.

Helpful Information

Admission Requirements: Click here to determine the minimum qualifications for admission. Meeting the minimum does not guarantee acceptance.

Before you apply:    Click here in order to prepare your materials before beginning the application process

Admission Decisions Timeline: Click here.

Funding: Click here to learn about funding opportunities.

Tips for Success in the Admissions Process: Click here.

Ready to Apply?

Step 1. Read our Before You Apply Page. Geography cannot help you to change your materials once you’ve submitted – please don’t ask.

Step 2. Have all materials ready. Navigate to the UF Graduate Admissions page and follow their instructions. Once you submit your application, you may not be able to add additional materials. Please do not contact us to do so as Geography can only view, not edit, your application materials.

Step 3. Follow the instructions on the website, being sure to upload your Statement of Purpose, CV, application for funding, documentation of funding you have secured if any, and request your recommendation letters to be sent electronically. You can also upload unoffical scanned copies of transcripts in lieu of sending them to Geography.  Once complete, the Department of Geography will have access to the materials you have uploaded there. You must send originals to the admissions office. Please do not email these items to the Department unless you are an internal applicant who cannot apply through the Admissions Office website. Important note: be sure to indicate Geography as your intended major program (you can apply for up to 3 programs at the same time!), and your specialization (e.g., climatology, economic geography, geomorphology, medical geography, remote sensing, etc.). List as the contact person the professor with whom you’ve been corresponding.

Step 4. Have your official transcripts sent to the University Office of Admissions. International students need to have them in their native language and English and will also need to provide separate certification that their degree has been awarded – native language and English. Only proof of a bachelor’s degree is required for admission. However, PhD applicants should send transcripts of their master’s degree coursework even if it is in progress so that we can evaluate the coursework you have completed. Admissions will require your completed Master’s transcripts within your first semester here at UF.

Office of Admissions       POB 114000       201 Criser Hall       University of Florida       Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

Dept. of Geography       POB 117315       Turlington 3141       University of Florida       Gainesville, FL 32611-7315

Step 5. Have your official test scores sent to the University of Florida code 5812. UF no longer accepts paper copies of test scores – they must be sent electronically from ETS. NOTE: Effective through Fall 2021, the University of Florida Graduate School is not requiring GRE scores for PhD admissionsAll PhD applicants must submit GRE scores.

Step 6. Monitor the UF admissions page as it will list when your transcripts are received at the admissions office as well as when your letters of reference have been submitted.


Graduate Coordinator:  Dr. Jason Blackburn

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