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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Tuition and Financial Aid

    How much does this degree cost?

    The cost per credit hour is $535, plus fees. Total approximate cost ($16,050 tuition plus estimated $1,072.50 fees): $17,122.50. Additional costs for required textbooks are not included in this number, and the fees are approximate. Registration costs follow the standard tuition and fee rates for the University of Florida.

    Is financial aid available?

    There is financial aid available for students who qualify. You can fill out a FAFSA form if you are interested in financial aid and use UF’s school code: 001535. For more information regarding Student Financial Aid contact the University of Florida Office for Student Financial Affairs:

    *Note to UF employees – program is not EEP eligible.


    What are the admissions requirements?
    • Bachelor’s degree (in the sciences) from a regionally accredited institution
    • 3.0 Overall GPA, and 3.0 Upper Division GPA (Rules on calculating GPA)
    • Preferred undergraduate courses for applicants:
      • Biochemistry
      • Organic Chemistry
      • Microbiology
      • Biology
      • General Chemistry
    • Students without a preferred 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.
    How long does it take to complete my degree?

    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.

    Are students only accepted in the fall semester?

    Students are accepted in all three semesters: summer, fall and spring. Check the following link for Critical Dates.

    Does this program accept international students?

    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

    Does this program require any travel to UF’s campus in Florida? Is there a laboratory requirement?

    Courses for this master’s degree program do not require any on-campus travel or commitment. There is no laboratory requirement. All courses can be completed entirely online.

    Are there specific technology requirements?

    Yes. Please click here to view technology requirements.


    Is the GRE examination required?

    No, the GRE examination is not a requirement for admission to the online microbiology graduate program.


    How are accommodations for students with disabilities handled?

    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 The Disability Resource Center will begin the process to assist you.

    Current Student Information

    How do I log in to the courses?

    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 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.

    What email address should I use for course communication?

    All course communication is done through your UF webmail account, powered by Office 365.

    • To check your UF webmail account, go to 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: