Frequently Asked Questions
Tuition and Financial Aid
The cost per credit hour is $535, plus fees. The total approximate cost is $16,050, plus fees. Additional costs for required university fees and textbooks are not included in this number. Registration costs follow the standard tuition and fee rates for the University of Florida.
The cost per credit hour is $535, plus fees. The total approximate cost is $6,955, plus fees. Additional costs for required university fees and textbooks are not included in this number. Registration costs follow the standard tuition and fee rates for the University of Florida.
Financial aid is available for master’s degree students who qualify. Students interested in pursuing financial aid should fill out a FAFSA form and use UF’s school code: 001535.
For graduate certificate students, federal financial aid is not available, but students may be able to apply for private loans.
For more information regarding Student Financial Aid contact the University of Florida Office for Student Financial Affairs: http://www.sfa.ufl.edu.
*Note to UF employees: program is not EEP eligible.
- A bachelor’s degree from one of the institutional accreditors (or international equivalent) found in the “Accreditation” section at https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/graduate/ (recommended major in the sciences)
- 3.0 Overall GPA, and 3.0 Upper Division GPA (Rules on calculating GPA)
- Required undergraduate courses for applicants:
- Organic Chemistry
- General Chemistry
- Students without a required science background are welcome to apply and will be reviewed on a case by case basis for admission. Relevant professional experience may substitute for academic coursework.
Students average two – three years to complete the master’s degree but have up to seven years to complete coursework. Coursework taken as a non-degree student is also part of the seven-year time frame. If the degree is not completed within seven years, the coursework taken prior will expire.
Students can complete their graduate certificate in as little as two semesters but have up to seven years to complete coursework. Coursework taken as a non-degree student is also part of the seven-year time frame. If the graduate certificate is not completed within seven years, the coursework taken prior will expire.
Students are accepted in all three semesters: summer, fall and spring. Check the following link for Critical Dates.
You may transfer up to 7 credits to the master’s degree in microbiology and cell science program or up to 6 credits to the graduate certificate in environmental microbiology program. You must be admitted to the master’s degree or graduate certificate program and earn a grade of “B” or higher in the course(s). A grade of “B-“ or less will not transfer. Being a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee acceptance into the master’s degree or graduate certificate program.
Any student on a visa living in the US can only take 3 online credits per semester. If they take more than 3 they have to do at least one test or assignment in person.
International students with additional questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courses for the master’s degree and graduate certificate program do not require any on-campus travel or commitment. There is no laboratory requirement. All courses can be completed entirely online.
Yes. Please click here to view technology requirements.
No, all 30 required and elective credits must be completed from the approved course list found here.
No, the GRE is not a requirement for admission into the online master’s degree or graduate certificate programs.
If you are a student with a disability and would like to request disability-related accommodations, please contact the instructor and the Disability Resource Center as soon as possible. Their phone number is 352-392-8565, (711 TTY/FRS). For more information, see the Disability Resource Center website at http://www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/. The Disability Resource Center will begin the process to assist you.
Current Student Information
After you complete the application and course registration process, you can access online courses by logging into UF’s e-Learning website at any time. Go to http://elearning.ufl.edu/ and select “e-Learning Login” to enter your Gatorlink username and password.
You will not be able to access your course until the start date listed in the course registration materials. Some course content will not be immediately available to you. Instructors may open and close access to lessons according to the schedule posted in the course syllabus.
All course communication is done through your UF webmail account, powered by Office 365.
- To check your UF webmail account, go to www.outlook.com/ufl.edu and use your GatorLink username and password to log on.
- Please make sure you are checking your email regularly for course updates and messages.
- You can find more information about UF webmail powered by Office 365 at the following website: https://webmail.ufl.edu/.