Ph.D. Admissions

Ph.D. Admissions

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The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires completion of core coursework, oral defense of a written research proposal, independent research, and a doctoral dissertation. Students seeking the Ph.D. degree are prepared for research activities through exposure to research topics and approaches in required graduate courses and through formal laboratory instruction by research advisors and senior researchers. Professional development is formalized through required coursework addressing career related topics , through teaching assistantships, participation in professional societies, and attendance at local and national research meetings. 

Ph.D. Degree Requirements
  • Required Credit Hours: 90 beyond the bachelor’s degree
  • Required: 30 hours of regular lecture/lab courses, numbered 5000+ in engineering, mathematics, statistics, and science, with a minimum grade of C or better and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above. Fifteen credits must be regular lecture/lab courses, numbered 5000+ with an ENU prefix.
  • Maximum: 6 credits hours of coursework outside the department; of these 3 credit hours may be an undergraduate course with a course number 3000–4999
  • Maximum 8 credits ENU 6905 — Individual Work
  • Maximum 5 credit hours ENU 6910 — Supervised Research
  • Written Qualifying Exam
  • Oral Qualifying Exam
  • Final Exam


Admissions Requirements


The department offers Ph.D. admission for Fall semesters only. The deadline for Ph.D. applications is December 5.


Admission Requirements

  • Graduate applications are not reviewed for admission purposes until the application is complete. Qualified applications received after the deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis. Fall classes start at the end of August each year and Spring classes begin around the first week of January. Applications and supporting documents must be completed in time for us to make a decision and to provide admission letters to the applicant. International applicants must allow enough time for the Office of International Students (UFIC) to process the paperwork to allow the applicant to obtain a visa.
  • To be considered for departmental financial aid you should have your application complete by the deadline for admission.
  • Fee Payment Cover Memo (for fees paid by personal check or money order)
  • The Department follows the UF Graduate Admissions requirements.
  • Two UF units review your application to the UF Graduate School: the UF Office of Graduate Admissions and the Nuclear Engineering Department.
  • The office of Graduate Admissions determines your eligibility for admission to the university, and the department determines your eligibility for our graduate program.
  • Admission is based on the entire graduate application.
  • Submit official transcripts from each university attended to the Office of Admissions.
  • A short statement of purpose. This statement may outline your background, relevant experience, reason(s) for pursuing graduate studies, and why you are interested in MSE or NE at UF. The statement may also be used to describe unique academic pathways, performance or other factors that may be used in a holistic evaluation of the applicant.
  • 3 letters of recommendation. These letters may evidence technical competency, academic strengths and weaknesses, and/or interpersonal and communication skills. Do not send these to the department. Please submit them online.
  • Strong background in engineering or science with at least a B average (GPA=3.0/4.0) for all upper-division undergraduate coursework. For reference, the first quartile and median undergraduate GPA of students entering the Ph.D. program over the past several years has been 3.74 and 3.5, respectively, on a 4.0 scale.
  • All entering students are expected to be competent with using computers to solve problems (e.g. use of spreadsheets) and present results (e.g. use of word processing and presentation software).


Additional Requirements for International Students

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to:

  • submit official evidence of English language proficiency
  • meet the minimum score requirements
  • have a college-level education that is equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate (B.S.) degree. Transcripts and an official copy of the degree certificate in the native language and an English translation must be submitted

The university does not accept scores compiled from multiple tests to meet English proficiency requirements.

Once a student is officially admitted, the MSE Department will request an I-20 from the University of Florida International Center (UFIC). 
International applicants are required to document proof of financial support for the first year. The International Student Advisors at the UFIC will contact admitted students via email to request this information.
Additional information about the I-20/DS-2019 process as well as additional resources for international applicants can be found at the UFIC website or at the International Admissions information page.



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Note: you will be directed to University of Florida General Admissions webpage. Choose the appropriate application and follow the directions provided.


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