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University of Florida — College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Program Type:
Master's International
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Degrees Awarded:
Master of Science (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:

Admissions deadlines are different for each department, but are generally 3 months prior to the beginning of the desired matriculation semester.

Admissions Cycle:

Rolling- please contact program coordinator for current information on applying for graduate admission

Program Start:
Fall semester: August, Spring semester: January
Program Founded:
February, 2012


The University of Florida ranks among the highest in Peace Corps recruits and boasts a tremendous number of return volunteers (over 200 in Gainesville alone). Students can earn from 3 to 6 unit credits for project(s) based on their Peace Corps service. The University will waive registration fees for students while in Peace Corps. Students are eligible for university, college, and departmental fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships on a competitive basis.


The University of Florida offers a Master of Science degree through the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in several fields of study, including Agricultural Education and Communication, Agronomy, Animal Science, Entomology and Nematology, Food and Resource Economics, Forest Resources and Conservation, Horticultural Sciences, Plant Pathology, and Soil and Water Sciences. Most departments require between 30 and 35 credit hours to complete the Master of Science program. Coursework is designed to provide a broad based agricultural or natural resource background to participate in their Peace Corps experience. This could also include language training. Students will typically be on campus for 8-10 months (2 to 3 academic semesters) prior to Peace Corps deployment. Upon completion of their Peace Corps service, students will return to campus to complete their coursework and a project based on their Peace Corps assignment. A comprehensive oral exam by the supervisory committee is also required for most departments and will be taken in the semester prior to graduation.


Admission to graduate studies at UF is a collaborative process involving the graduate faculty of the academic unit, the Office of Admissions and the Graduate School. Each academic department has a graduate coordinator who provides detailed information about entry requirements, research opportunities and resources. Students must have a recognized baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of B (3.0) for upper level coursework and a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 1000. Most departments also require a written statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Dr. Greg MacDonald
MI Coordinator

College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
P. O. Box 110500
Gainesville, Florida 32611

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