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MCOM Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs

Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs

PhD Admissions

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The University of South Florida's Medical Sciences PhD Program is accepting applications for the Fall 2025 semester. 

PhD applicants are only considered for Fall and cannot apply to any other term. Details about admission requirements, deadlines, and the application process can be found on this page.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at 813-974-2836 or

  • Requirements

    Minimum admission requirements can be found in the Graduate Catalog at the link below. 

    Graduate Catalog

    Please review the "Application Process" section of this page for details about what documents to submit. 

    GRE Scores are NOT required for admission. 

  • Admissions Decision Factors

    Students seeking a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of South Florida are selected by an admissions committee that considers the overall qualities of the applicant. Areas of consideration include academic achievement, research experience and interests, and letters of recommendation. All selected candidates will be required to have personal interviews with members of the PhD admissions committee.

    The PhD Program typically receives more than 100 applications each year, and fewer than 30% of applicants are admitted.

    The undergraduate GPA of the middle 50% of students admitted for Fall 2023 was 3.4-3.78. 

  • Deadlines & Decision Timeline


    The Medical Sciences PhD Program priority deadline is December 1. Students should apply and submit all required documents (including letters of recommendation) by this date for the best chance of consideration. Our final application deadline is February 15. 

    University application deadlines can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

    Application Deadlines


    Well-qualified applicants will be invited to participate in interviews with faculty members prior to final admissions decisions being made. An interview is required to be eligible for admission into the program and invitations to participate in interviews are sent between mid-December and mid-March. For Fall 2024 admission, we intend to host three rounds of virtual interviews on the dates outlined below: 

    January 8-11
    February 12-15
    February 26-29

    During interview weeks, interviewees are typically invited to a virtual program overview on Monday evening, then select from one of six available interview times (Tuesday morning or afternoon, Wednesday morning or afternoon, Thursday morning or afternoon). This schedule is subject to change, but additional details will be communicated to selected applicants. 

    Review & Notification

    Students who participate in an interview are typically notified of the committee's admission's decision within 7-10 days of interviewing. Admitted students will be invited to visit campus; our visit weekends are currently scheduled for: 

    February 8-10
    March 7-9
    March 28-30

    Admitted students have until April 15 to notify the PhD office if they will attend USF. 

  • Application Process

    1. Submit an online application.
      Select the Medical Sciences program. 

    2. Pay the $30 application fee.
      You will be prompted to pay as soon as you submit your application. If you are unable to pay when you submit, you can do so within 30 days by logging into your OASIS account at

    3. Submit transcripts. 
      To upload documents to your application, log into the application website, then navigate to My Workspace > My Documents.

      Unofficial copies can be uploaded directly to your application and can be used for our admissions review. If you are offered admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you have attended (undergraduate and graduate).

    4. Submit supplemental information.** 
      • Curriculum Vitae or Resume 
      • Personal Statement addressing:
        • Research background
        • Reasons for selecting the Morsani College of Medicine to pursue a PhD
        • Future career goals following graduation from the Medical Sciences PhD program
      • Three letters of recommendation
        • Recommendations should come from faculty or other professionals familiar with applicant's academic performance and/or research potential 

    **If you are applying to more than one program at USF, it is imperative that your supplemental information clearly indicate that it should be used for your application to the Medical Sciences PhD Program. This is especially important for letters of recommendation. Failure to appropriately indicate the PhD program may prevent your application from being reviewed.

    GRE scores are no longer required. 

  • Additional Requirements for International Students

    In addition to the requirements listed above, international students must also submit the documents listed below. Unofficial copies can be used for admissions review, but final admission will not be granted until official documents are received and processed by the Office of Admissions.

    1. A course-by-course foreign credential evaluation from a NACES accredited evaluation service

      If you cannot provide a foreign credential evaluation when you apply, you may submit the documents outlined below and we can conduct a preliminary review based on this information. Documents should be uploaded to the online portal within the application. (Please note, it is still best to submit a course-by-course foreign credential evaluation if you are able to).

      • Unofficial college transcript (must be in English)
      • U.S. GPA equivalent (4.0 scale)
        • You may use a free online resource such as Scholaro or WES
        • Must be your cumulative undergraduate GPA

        Formal admission to the university will not be granted until an official course-by-course foreign credential evaluation is provided, but this can be submitted after an applicant is interviewed if necessary.

    2. Proof of English language proficiency.


If you have any questions about our Medical Sciences PhD Program, how to apply, or the status of your application, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 813-974-2836 or