Certificate Admissions

If you have a question about the certificate program please contact ahc-dess@ufl.edu.

Upon successful completion of the courses required for the certificate program, students will receive a University of Florida certificate from the college in their chosen specialty. Graduate certificates consist of 12 to 15 credits. Students must earn a B average or higher to be eligible to earn the certificate. Students wishing to subsequently pursue a master’s degree at the University of Florida after completing a certificate will then need to apply for admission to the graduate school. Please see the M.S. program requirements and application for further information.

Domestic and International Applicants

  1. A baccalaureate degree in a natural science subject from one of the institutional accreditors (or international equivalent) found in the “Accreditation” section at https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/graduate/. If your bachelor’s degree is not in a natural science subject, please email email Professor Oliver Grundmann: grundman@ufl.edu.
  2. An upper-division GPA of 2.0 or higher. To calculate what your upper-division GPA is, please use the Upper Division GPA Worksheet.

International Applicants Only

  1. The English language skill requirements for admission

TOEFL Scores

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

Transfer of Credits

Six credits of coursework taken as a UF non-degree student can be applied toward a certificate program. Coursework from another university cannot be accepted for credit toward a certificate. No more than 6 credits taken as a non-degree student can be applied towards a certificate.

In order for the credits to be applied towards the certificate, the following criteria have to be met:

  • The student must be formally admitted to the certificate program.
  • The non-degree coursework grades must be a B grade or higher.
  • The coursework taken as a non-degree student must pertain to the certificate program the student is admitted to.