Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs

PhD Admissions

The University of South Florida's PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences is accepting applications for the Fall 2021 semester. The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed.  

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

    To be considered for the University of South Florida's PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences, all applicants must have:

    • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited university
      • 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA
      • 3.0 GPA in science courses*
    • General Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    • Personal Statement
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
      • Letters must be signed and on letterhead

    *Students must have a minimum of 40 science credits, including 1 year of general biology and 1 year of general chemistry. General physics, biochemistry, organic chemistry, and mathematics (including integral and differential calculus) are strongly recommended.

    International applicants have additional requirements. Please scroll down to see “Additional Requirements for International Students.”

  • 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, GRE scores, 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 academic profile of the middle 50% of students admitted for Fall 2020 was:

    • Undergraduate GPA: 3.28-3.80 
    • GRE Verbal: 150-159
    • GRE Quantitative: 150-155 
  • Deadlines & Decision Timeline


    Students should aim to submit a complete application (including all supporting materials) by December 1 for the best chance of consideration for admission and additional funding. 

    However, the priority deadline for a complete application is February 1, and the final application deadline for the program is February 15.

    Recruitment Visits

    Well-qualified applicants will be invited to attend an in-person Recruitment Visit prior to final admissions decisions being made. Applicants who are invited, but unable to attend the in-person visit may request to participate in a video interview. An interview is required to be eligible for admission into the program. 

    Recruitment Visits for the Fall 2021 cohort have not yet been scheduled, but are typically held in late January and late February. 

    The schedule of Recruitment Visits is subject to change, but typically includes a welcome reception on Thursday evening; interviews, lab tours, and dinner on Friday; and a chance to explore Tampa on Saturday.

    Review & Notification

    We will begin inviting selected students to Recruitment Visits in mid-December.

    Students who attend a Recruitment Visit are typically notified of the committee’s admission decision via e-mail within 7-10 business days after the visit.

  • 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 and GRE scores.*
      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). The University of South Florida's GRE code is 5828.

      *Students who do not wish to submit GRE scores may request a waiver by clicking the link below. 

      GRE Waiver Request

    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 PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
      • 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 PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences. This is especially important for letters of recommendation. Failure to appropriately indicate the PhD program may prevent your application from being reviewed.

  • 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. Unless a student is from an English speaking country (list of countries available on the Office of Admissions website), proficiency must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
      • IELTS score of 6.5 or higher (taken within 2 years of desired term of entry)
      • PTE-A score of 53 or higher
      • TOEFL score of: 
        • 79 (internet-based test)
        • 213 (computer-based test) 
        • 550 (written test)
    The requirement for proof of English language proficiency can be waived if: 
    • A student earns 153 or higher on GRE Verbal
    • A student has earned a college degree at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning

    Please review the Office of Admissions website for full details of specific requirements for international students.


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