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Graduate Program Admissions Information

Thank you for considering the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation for your graduate degree program! We have a very diverse and exciting graduate studies program, and offer degrees at the Master of Science level, with thesis or non-thesis options, and at the Ph.D level.

Guidelines For Prospective MSc And PhD Applicants To WEC

Contacting faculty & obtaining their agreement to serve as advisor is THE key!

The path to admission into WEC as a masters or PhD student begins with finding a WEC faculty member who has funding,a project of mutual interest, and agrees to serve as your thesis advisor. A comprehensive list of WEC graduate faculty, with links to their homepages, can be found on

The prospective student will need to:

Tips for the initial email inquiry to faculty:

When you do all of the above, you very often get this response - "You look like a great prospective student! I would take you, but I have no funding." At some point when all appropriate faculty have indicated there is no spot for you (this is common), then look at other programs; don't lose your window of opportunity to matriculate elsewhere.

More tips:

In WEC, a prospect can submit an application, but no one will look at it and no response will be sent the applicant unless a faculty member becomes interested. The prospect is responsible for generating that interest and cultivating a partnership with a faculty member.

Other critical pieces of the puzzle:

To be admitted, a graduate student in WEC will need to have a support package including tuition, fees, and stipend, using academically linked funding in the form of Fellowships, Assistantships, and/or Grants. Funding packages arise from collaborations between your advisor, UF/WEC, and you.

Graduate school is advanced academic training. In a nutshell, graduate school at the MSc level trains you how to obtain new knowledge through organized scientific approaches. If you seek a PhD, you should have a driving interest and capability to become proficient in applying rigorous scientific procedures, integrating knowledge across disciplines, and developing and testing theory in order to advance human understanding. If your interests do not lie in these pursuits, or if you lack a healthy dose of independent motivation, then graduate school might not be for you. During the application process, we weigh indicators of your abilities and motivation to excel in academia rather heavily. Written expression, quantitative problem solving (GRE) and overall academic performance (GPA) are the main indicators we use, although experience, enthusiasm, and advanced skills of various kinds can weigh in your favor.

GRE scores:
All applicants must take the Verbal and Quantitative GRE Exam. GRE Subject Tests are not required. The department does not have a minimum Quantitative GRE score, however, lower scores become red-flags that will trigger a comprehensive review of an applicant's academic performance, work experience, and capability to succeed in the graduate program.

WEC also requires all applicants to meet the current UF Graduate School Verbal GRE score minimum for international applicants, which in 2017-18 was 140 (10th percentile). Scores well above that may be necessary to attract faculty members' interest in you as an applicant.

TOEFL scores:
International applicants to WEC must take the TOEFL exam in addition to the GRE exam. An Internet-based minimum score of 80 is required for admission.

GPA in Previous College Work:
The UF Graduate School (and WEC) requires a 3.0 GPA or higher for admission. Applicants calculate their own grade point averages by following instructions given while completing their online UF Graduate Admission Application Form. This GPA is to include all grades and credits, starting after the term where the applicant reached 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours.

Applicants with top scores have an easier time throughout graduate school:

Previous work experience in the field and in universally important positions (like supervisory positions or those with extra responsibility and training) is always a plus.

Questions after reading this?


We consider applications for graduate admission every semester of the academic year. The Department does not have an application deadline, but we strongly suggest that you submit a complete application at least two months prior to the term for which you are seeking admission. We keep your prospective student file active in the Department for one year from the date on which you pay your $30.00 application fee to the UF Admissions Office.

How the WEC Admission Decision Process Works

Prospective students should read the Guidelines for Prosepctive MS and PhD Students from Dr. Katie Sieving and our Letter to Prospective Graduate Students before submitting an application for admission. Graduate applications are submitted online through, and prospective students may identify up to three UF graduate programs for which they wish to be considered when they apply.

Once your application is submitted, two UF units evaluate your application to the UF Graduate School: the UF Office of Admission, which determines your eligibility for admission to the university, and the department you select for your graduate studies program, which determines your eligibility for its graduate program and from which you have secured your graduate advisor. If you are a non-US applicant, the UF International Center also evaluates your application to determine your eligibility for a student visa.

Each of these units needs specific materials from you to make an admission decision. Please make sure you send the materials listed below to each of the correct units, so that your application is not held up by lack of information or missing required documents.

Click here for application instructions and materials

What You Send to the UF Office of Admission

Mailing Address
UF Office of Admissions
POB 114000 (201 Criser Hall)
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

Send these materials to the UF Office of Admission:
— Application form (submitted online)
— Application fee payment ($30 in US funds, nonrefundable)
Official test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, TSE)
Official transcripts from all previous colleges*
— Florida residency affidavit (part of the application form)
— Conduct declaration (part of the application form)
International students:  If your transcripts are not written in English, you must also send official English translations of them.

What You Send to the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Mailing Address
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
University of Florida
POB 110430 (110 Newins-Ziegler Hall)
Gainesville, Fl. 32611-0430
Attn:  Claire Williams


Send these materials to the Department of Wildlife Ecology  and Conservation:
— A copy of your online application form
— Test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, TSE)* (A copy is OK)
— Transcripts from all previous colleges* (A copy is OK)
— Statement of Purpose (Letter of Intent) (Please put your name on this statement so it is not misplaced)
— Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (these references can also be submitted online through your online application)

International students:  If your transcripts are not written in English, you must send official English translations of them.

What You Send to the UF International Center

Mailing Address
UF International Center
POB 113225 (123 Grinter Hall)
Gainesville FL 32611-3225

When an international student is admitted, the UF International Center will contact you regarding your visa and other entry paperwork. You will work directly with an advisor in the UFIC to complete If you are a non-US applicant, send your Certification of Financial Responsibility form to the UF International Center at the mailing address on the form.and other documentation as needed.

Application Fee

There is a nonrefundable $30 application fee to submit an UF online graduate application. You can pay this fee online by credit card or via mail with a bank check made payable to the "University of Florida." Payment must be in US funds. Your application will not be processed without this fee payment. The university cannot waive or defer this fee, except for participants in designated sponsored programs. (DO NOT SEND THE $30.00 APPLICATION FEE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION.)

Test Score Codes

The University of Florida's school code for submission of GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and TSE scores is 5812. (The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation does not have a separate code.)

Other Useful Information

These links will provide useful information to help you prepare for graduate school and navigate the application process smoothly:
Department Contacts
Educational Testing Service (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, TSE)
Florida Residency Requirements
UF International Center
UF Graduate School
UF Graduate Catalog
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

If you have additional questions about the admission process for the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation's graduate studies program, please feel free to contact Ms. Claire Williams,