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Apply: Environmental Microbiology Graduate Certificate

Mandatory Department Application

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in applying to the program.

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

Please contact with any questions regarding the application or related procedures.

Complete the UF Graduate Certificate Application

When completing and submitting the application, please note the following important information for each section of the application:

Getting Started

  • Keep the username and password that you create in order to log in and edit your application before submission.

Submitting the Online Application

Personal Information

  • Provide all of the requested 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.

Conduct Disclosure

  • Accurately answer and report all information in the Conduct Disclosure section.

Application Information & Certificate Program

Under Application Information, you will be asked to select the Application Type and Certificate Program.  Follow the instructions below to make the correct selections for the certificate you are applying for:

  • In the Certificate Level dropdown select Graduate.
  • In the Certificate Program section, click College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Choose the term you are applying for from the dropdown.

Academic Background

  • Report your Undergraduate Major.
  • Enter all of the colleges or universities you have attended. Accurately report the degree, and degree date, you earned.
    • Upload your unofficial transcripts for each school.
    • Note- If you are offered admission based on unofficial transcripts you will still be required to submit official transcripts to prevent a hold on your student record. (instructions for sending official transcripts are on Step Three).


  • Report past and/or planned activities in this section, including pertinent work experience.

Residency Information

  • Enter your 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.
  • If you are a non-Florida resident, check the appropriate box.
  • If you are a Florida resident, fully complete the Residency Information section, including the numbers and original issue dates for two of the following three identifying documents. Documents may be directly uploaded to the application:
    • Driver’s License
    • Vehicle Registration
    • Voter Registration

Application Fee

  • The $30 application fee must be paid with the submission of the online application in order for the application to be submitted.

Additional Information

  • Add to your ‘safe list’ on your email account. If you receive any emails from UF regarding your application, you must respond.

Admission Processing Time

Admissions to this program works on a rolling admissions basis, so there is no set date by which applicants are notified of their acceptance. Processing time depends in part upon the volume of applications that are being processed at any given point during the application intake cycle. Applications submitted for any semester other than the current intake period (e.g., spring, summer and fall) are not usually reviewed until the semester prior as high numbers of applications require that those for the upcoming semester are prioritized over those applying further in advance. For example, a student applying for a fall semester that begins in August would be reviewed the previous May/June at the earliest.

*If you are a current master’s student, apply here.

Domestic Applicant Transcript Requirement

Applications may be reviewed on the basis of unofficial transcripts. You should upload your unofficial transcripts in the “Academic Background” section of your application. If unofficial transcripts are the basis of your admission decision, you must submit original, official transcripts to the University of Florida Office of Admissions no later than the start of registration for your second semester. Failure to submit the required documents will result in a credentials hold on your record and the inability to register for future coursework.

All students must have transcripts sent to the Office of Admission for all college coursework completed. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted at the time of application, but official, sealed transcripts must be submitted before the start of registration for the second semester. The transcripts sent should correlate to the schools listed on your application (Step 2).

Former University of Florida (UF) students who haven’t attended any school after UF do not need to request transcripts.

If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree, only send a transcript once it reflects that your degree has been conferred. This transcript must be received by UF by the final application deadline for the semester you are applying to. Transcripts that confer the degree must be received before any decision can be made on an application.

Domestic transcripts can be sent via post or electronically. Request transcripts from every school that you reported on the UF Graduate Certificate Application in Step 2.

Send transcripts via post to the following address:

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

Send electronic transcripts directly FROM the institution TO the UF Office of Admissions at

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, or E-script/Scrip-Safe.

If one of these companies cannot be used, transcripts must be sent via post.

International Applicant Transcript Requirement

Transcript Submission and Review

The Office of Admissions will review the transcripts and degrees (if applicable) from every institution listed in the educational history provided on your application. Our review process of all non-U.S. academic credentials (transcripts, mark sheets, degrees/diplomas) ensures that the applicant has been conferred/awarded the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree or will be awarded such a degree by the desired date of enrollment. Academic departments will make the ultimate decision on an application.

For our review, these documents may be unofficial and uploaded in the application or via your Check Status page. These transcripts and degree certificate/diplomas should be scanned copies of the official paper versions issued to you by your previous or current institution. Digitally uploaded academic credentials must include the same information appearing on an official transcript, including biographical information, institution name, signatures, seals and stamps. We will not accept screen shots of your grades from your institution’s student academic portal.

Non-English Transcripts

Transcripts and degree certificates/diplomas not issued in English must be accompanied by a certified, literal line-for-line English translation of the original document. Acceptable certified translations are issued by your institution or a professional translating service.

Credential Evaluations

Submitting a credential evaluation for college coursework outside of the U.S. is optional. Students who choose to submit an evaluation should submit a course-by-course evaluation with credits, grades and grade averages from a NACES member. Unofficial copies of transcripts and degree certificates still must be submitted with a credential evaluation during the application process.

Review of Transcripts

An email notification will be sent approximately 24-48 hours after submission of your UF application with instructions on how to create your MyAdmissions application/Check Status page. Transcripts uploaded or received by mail will display on the Check Status checklist as Transcript – Under Review. As soon as your transcripts are received, the college and department you have applied to will be able to review your transcripts. Due to the high volume of applications, transcripts may not be updated on your checklist until the department has completed an initial review of your application. Once the transcripts are reviewed by Admissions, the checklist will be updated, and the Awaiting Transcript checklist items will be updated accordingly.

Official Transcripts

While not required for the initial admissions review, official transcripts, translations (if applicable) and degree certificates/diplomas are required for enrolling students and must be submitted no later than the end of your first semester of enrollment. Official documents are mailed directly from the institution, including all official stamps and signatures, or presented in-person inside the institution’s sealed and stamped envelope.

Credentials are mailed directly to the UF Office of Admissions at:

Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
United States of America

Return of credentials

All documents submitted with your application become property of the University of Florida. The Office of Admissions is unable to honor requests to return transcripts or provide transcript copies to you or a third party. Do not mail diplomas or academic credentials that are only issued once. An attested or certified copy (by the institution’s registrar), or originals presented in-person are accepted in such circumstances.

The English Language Skill Requirement

English Proficiency

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency and meet the minimum score requirements. The university does not accept scores compiled from multiple tests to meet English proficiency requirements. UF’s TOEFL and GRE school code is 5812.

Minimum acceptable scores:

* UF is registered to receive IELTS scores using the IELTS Results Service E-Delivery. Scores should be sent to the University of Florida, which only accepts scores from this E-delivery service. UF does not accept paper Test Report Forms or unofficial copies of IELTS Test Report Forms from students. Applicants should contact the IELTS test center where they took the IELTS to request their official test results be sent to our account name: The University of Florida. An institution code is not required.

The address associated with our IELTS Results Service account is:

The University of Florida
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
United States

Exemptions are granted if applicants:

  • Have successfully completed one academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in the United States or a country where English is the official language.
  • Hold an earned equivalent of associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degree from a recognized/regionally accredited college or university in the United States or country where English is the official language.

Visit our International Admissions page for a list of countries exempt from English proficiency requirements:

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