Master’s Degree Admissions

The M.S. in Wildlife Forensic Sciences & Conservation is housed in UF’s department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and managed by UF’s College of Medicine and the Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine via the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine. Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a diploma stating:

  • Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with a concentration in Wildlife Forensic Sciences and Conservation


Minimum Requirements for All Applicants (Domestic and International)

  1. A baccalaureate degree in any subject from an accredited institution with an upper-division GPA of 3.0 or better (Prior coursework in biology, health and/or animal sciences is preferred)
    A DVM or VMD degree from a regionally accredited institution or its international equivalent
    Students currently enrolled in a DVM or VMD degree program from a regionally accredited institution or its international equivalent
  2. GRE examination with a cumulative score of 297 or better
    • Official scores must be sent directly to the UF Office of Admissions at code 5812 from the Education Testing Services (ETS). Once you’ve taken the exam, the scores take 10 to 15 days for the computer-delivered GRE, and 5 weeks for the paper-delievered GRE to get to the Office of Admissions. Please take this into account when you schedule your exam (see critical dates and deadlines here). Visit the GRE website to sign up to take the GRE.
    • If you have earned a graduate or professional degree from an accredited university in the U.S., you are exempt from this requirement and do not need to submit GRE scores.  If you have a graduate or a professional degree from an international institution, you must take and submit GRE scores from within the past 7 years.
  3. Three recommendation letters by academic or professional contacts speaking of the applicant’s experience and expertise

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • For a person whose native language is not English or for an applicant who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a non-English speaking country, minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are 550 for the paper-based, 213 for the computer-based, or 80 for the internet-based exams.

    For more information on the necessary scores for English language skills tests, please visit this website.

  • Original, official transcript/mark sheet and diploma/degree certificates from prior institutions.
    • Documents must be in the native language from each university or college attended. If the native language for the documents is not English, a certified, literal (exact) translation is required.
    • Please mail these documents to:

University of Florida
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine

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

    • If you would like this document returned to you, please include a return shipping label and return packaging with it.
    • Please download this checklist PDF to include with your package.

Transfer of Credits

A maximum of 9 transfer credits are allowed to count toward a M.S. degree. These courses must be graduate level (5000-7999) and earned with a grade of B or better. The course(s) cannot have been taken longer than seven years from the term you begin as a M.S. student.

To have credits reviewed for transfer from another university, please email the following information:

  • The name of your previous institution
  • The course name/number from your previous institution
  • The term/year the course was completed
  • The course in our program for which you think the credits will satisfy
  • A copy of your transcripts (unofficial is fine), or a notification that we already have them on file
  • A syllabus for the course that you would like to transfer

We will forward the request to the Department, who will then make a decision.

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