Master’s Degree Admissions

Master’s Degree Admissions

The M.S. in Shelter Medicine program is administered through UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a diploma stating:

  • Master of Science issued by the Graduate School
  • The transcripts will read Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences with a Concentration in Shelter Medicine


Master’s degree minimum requirements: for all applicants (domestic and international)

  1. A bachelor’s degree in any subject from an accredited institution with an upper-division GPA of 3.0 or better (prior coursework in biology, health and/or animal sciences is preferred)
    A DVM or VMD degree from a regionally accredited institution or its international equivalent
    Students currently enrolled in a DVM or VMD degree program from a regionally accredited institution or its international equivalent
  2. Three recommendation letters by academic or professional contacts speaking of the applicant’s experience and expertise (optional, but not mandatory)

Domestic applicants: please submit official transcripts from all colleges and institutions attended to the UF Office of Admissions. If unable to submit electronically, please mail to:

University of Florida
Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall – PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

Additional master’s degree minimum requirements: for international or non-English speaking applicants only

  • For a person whose native language is not English or for an applicant who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a non-English speaking country, minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are 550 for the paper-based, 213 for the computer-based, or 80 for the internet-based exams.

    For more information on the necessary scores for English language skills tests, please visit this website.

  • Original, official transcript/mark sheet and diploma/degree certificates from prior institutions.
    • Documents must be in the native language from each university or college attended. If the native language for the documents is not English, a certified, literal (exact) translation is required.
    • Please mail these documents to:

University of Florida
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine

Attn: Dr. Jason Byrd
4800 SW 35th Drive
Gainesville FL – 32608

    • If you would like this document returned to you, please include a return shipping label and return packaging with it.
    • Please download this checklist PDF to include with your package.

Transfer of Credits

A maximum of 9 transfer credits are allowed to count toward a M.S. degree. These courses must be graduate level (5000-7999) and earned with a grade of B or better. The course(s) cannot have been taken longer than seven years from the term you begin as a M.S. student.

To have credits reviewed for transfer from another university, please email the following information:

  • The name of your previous institution
  • The course name/number from your previous institution
  • The term/year the course was completed
  • The course in our program for which you think the credits will satisfy
  • A copy of your transcripts (unofficial is fine), or a notification that we already have them on file
  • A syllabus for the course that you would like to transfer

We will forward the request to the Department, who will then make a decision.

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