Master’s Degree

Complete all three steps to submit your application to the University of Florida’s online Master’s Degree in Forensic Medicine.

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Step One: Mandatory Department Form

Step Two: UF Graduate Application

Step Three: Official Transcripts and Test Scores


1. Department Application

To obtain a Master of Science in Medical Sciences with a concentration in Forensic Medicine, participants must be admitted as degree-seeking students by the College of Medicine. See our Admissions page for requirements and other information.

All application materials must be received by the final application deadline for the semester you are applying to.

Please contact masters@dce.ufl.edu with any questions regarding the application or related procedures.

Fill out the form below to begin your application to the University of Florida’s online Master of Science in Forensic Medicine.

Department Application

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2. UF Graduate Application

Please review the following information as you complete and submit the UF Graduate Application:

Personal Information

  • International Applicants:
    • You must enter your Surname and Given name in the Passport Name section even if you do not have a passport.
    • If you are a permanent resident alien and/or reside in the United States, you must provide your resident alien number and upload a copy of your permanent resident alien card directly to the application.

Application Information & Program of Study

Follow the instructions below to make the correct selections for the degree you are applying for:

  • In the Location dropdown, select Distance Education.
  • In the Program of Study section, click or search College of Medicine. From the expanded selection, choose:
    • Medical Sciences with a concentration in Forensic Medicine
  • Choose the term you are applying for from the dropdown. Applicants applying for Summer admission must select Summer A/C.
  • Review your selection in the Program Display and verify that it is correct before moving to the next application step. If you need to amend your selection, choose Re-Select Program.
  • Fill out the Additional Information section with the following:
    • Under Concentration, choose the dropdown option Forensic Medicine
    • Leave the Program Specialization field blank
    • In the Department Contact Name field, type DCE DESC Admissions Team.

Academic Background

  • The upper-division GPA must be reported on the UF Graduate Application. Use this worksheet to calculate and accurately report your upper-division GPA. Failure to report your upper-division GPA will delay your admissions decision.
  • If the name listed on your official transcripts or records are listed under a different name than what you have listed on the graduate application, please inform the Office of Admissions at (352) 392-1365 or te@admissions.ufl.edu to avoid delay.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Letters of recommendation are not required and are not considered or reviewed in the admission decision process.

Residency Information

  • The residency of our students has no bearing on tuition cost for our program, but this information is required by the University of Florida.
  • Please direct questions about residency to the Office of Admissions at (352) 392-1365 or residency@admissions.ufl.edu.

Application Fee

  • The $37 one-time application fee must be paid with the submission of the online application in order for the application to be reviewed.

Go to Graduate Application

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3. Official Transcripts and Test Scores

All students must have official, sealed transcripts sent to the Office of Admission for all completed college coursework. Applicants must send official transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

Domestic Applicant Transcript Requirement

Former University of Florida students who have not completed any college coursework since their UF graduation do not need to request transcripts from UF.

If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree, only send an official transcript once your degree has been conferred. Unofficial transcripts can be submitted as a placeholder until the degree has been awarded. Final, official transcripts with an applicant’s bachelor’s degree remark must be submitted prior to a final admissions decision.

Domestic transcripts can be sent electronically or by mail. Request official, original transcripts from every school that you reported on the UF Graduate Application. Send electronic transcripts directly FROM the institution TO the UF Office of Admissions at te@admissions.ufl.edu.

The institution must use one of the following verified companies to submit transcripts or the transcripts cannot be considered valid and official:

  • Parchment
  • Faster
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Transcripts Plus
  • Credential Solutions
  • E-script/Scrip-Safe

If one of these companies cannot be used, transcripts must be sent by mail to the following address:

University of Florida
Office of Admissions
Attn: Transfer Evaluations
201 Criser Hall – PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

International Applicant Transcript Requirement

Transcript/Mark Sheet and Diploma/Degree Certificate

Graduate applicants must submit an official, original document in the native language of each transcript/mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate from each university or college attended. If the native language for the documents is not English, certified, exact literal English translations are required. The English translation may come from your university or may be completed by a certified translator. Original documents are strongly preferred, however, if you cannot send originals we can accept the WES ICAP evaluation. We cannot accept the WES evaluation report or any other evaluations from other credential services.

For applicants that do not need any of their documents returned, use the following instructions.

All academic credentials sent using these instructions become property of the university. They will not be returned to you or forwarded to a third party. Credentials of applicants who do not enroll will be destroyed.

Request official, original transcripts from every school that you reported on the UF Graduate Application in Step 2 and have them sent to the following address.

University of Florida
Office of Admissions

201 Criser Hall – PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

For applicants who need any of their documents returned, use the following instructions.

We must have your original diploma verifying that the degrees reported were earned. Your transcript/mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate with English translations (if the native language is not English) should be assembled by you and sent to the address below in one package. If you would like your transcript/mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate returned to you, you must provide a return shipping label and return packaging in the package that you send. You must also include this international applicants checklist, filled out, in the package that you send containing your documents.

We keep your documents locked and safe until after your application materials are processed and an application decision can be made. Once the documents are reviewed, we will send them back to you via the label and packaging that you provide.  While the University of Florida handles all documents with care, we are not responsible for documents that are lost or damaged in the mail.

Packages that include documents to be returned must be sent to:

University of Florida
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine

Attn: Dr. Jason Byrd
4800 SW 35th Drive
Gainesville FL – 32608

The GRE Requirement

The GRE is required for all applications unless you have earned a previous graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (see details under GRE Exemption).

We require a 297 total GRE score. We do not require the writing portion of the GRE nor it is reviewed.

We recommend taking the exam no later than the early application deadline for the semester you are applying for. Once you’ve taken the computer based GRE and requested your scores to be sent, it takes 10-14 business days for the scores to arrive to the University of Florida. Including processing time, it can take up to 4 weeks for scores to be paired to your application once you have taken the exam. Please take this into account when you schedule your GRE.

GRE Exemption

An exemption for the GRE may be granted if you have earned a previous graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. If you have a graduate or professional degree from an international institution, you must take and submit GRE scores. There is no exception.

If you are earning a graduate level degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution but will not have it completed by the application deadline for the term you applied for, you are not exempt from the GRE.

Having the GRE sent to the University of Florida

You must have ETS (Educational Testing Service) send your official GRE test scores directly to the UF Office of Admissions at code 5812. No department code should be selected.

GRE scores remain active for five years. If you have not taken the GRE within this five year time limit, you must retake the exam.

  • Only official, sealed scores, direct from ETS, are acceptable. Self-reported scores, unsealed copies of score reports, expired scores, or photocopies of score reports cannot be accepted.
  • Including processing time, it can take up to 4 weeks for GRE scores to be paired to an application once requested.

The English Language Skill Requirement

If your native language is not English, or if you graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a non-English speaking country, you will need to take and submit your TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or other Graduate Council approved English language skills test scores.

Non-English speaking countries are those which are not included in the Graduate School’s list of English speaking countries.

Having the TOEFL or English Language Test sent to the University of Florida

All applicants must have ETS (Educational Testing Service) send their official TOEFL test scores directly to the UF Office of Admissions at code 5812. No department code should be selected.

  • Only official, sealed scores, direct from ETS, are acceptable. Self-reported scores, unsealed copies of score reports or photocopies of score reports cannot be accepted as official final documents.

Minimum TOEFL Scores Required

To be considered for the master’s degree, the applicant must score the following on the TOEFL:

TOEFL Exam Type Required Score
Paper-based 550
Computer-based 213
Internet 80

 

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