Ph.D. Admissions

Ph.D. Admissions

Ph.D. admissions into Gator Engineering programs are intensely competitive. The first step is to pick which department you’d like to join. There are 10 within our college, each with its own culture and research focus. You’ll send application materials to both the university Graduate School and to your desired department. In the end, the department itself will decide whether or not to admit you.

All of our Ph.D. programs offer competitive stipends for assistantships, both teaching, and research. We have numerous fellowships as well available. All of these include tuition waivers. By applying by the deadline for the program you will automatically be under consideration for available engineering funding options.


Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Ph.D. application requirements include:

  • Submit admissions application and pay application fee (some PhD application fee waivers available, see below)        
  • GRE is Waived for ALL Ph.D. Programs
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
    • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree(s) received prior to the start of Ph.D. enrollment term (4-year Bachelor’s degree for international students)
    • unofficial transcripts may be used for international students for an admissions decision until official transcripts can arrive later
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume or CV that includes all post-high school education and employment 
  • International Applicants must have English Proficiency (TOEFL 80+, IELTS 6+)
  • Potential secondary engineering departmental applications or fellowship/assistantship applications, check with department websites or contact dept graduate staff


The University Of Florida Office Of Admissions is the official source for all online admissions applications. Students applying for Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Ph.D. apply through the Office of Admissions.


Ph.D. degree programs have a priority application deadline of December 5th for the following fall term (starting in mid to late August).  Applications will continue to be accepted after Dec. 5 but this could limit funding consideration.

Some departments may have additional deadline and may elect to offer Spring admission (starting in January). If so, these application deadlines vary, and you should check with department websites or contact dept graduate staff   

Ph.D. Application Fee Waiver

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida provides Ph.D. application fee waivers to some students. 

U.S. Citizen or Permanent Residents

  • 3.00+ cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Applying Ph.D. (from Bachelors or from Masters)
  • Applying Fall 2024
  • All Engineering Departments
  • Request Ph.D. application fee waiver with this brief online form:
  • Students will automatically be emailed a code and instructions if they are approved for a Ph.D. application fee waiver

International Students

  • Applying Ph.D. (from Bachelors or from Masters)
  • Applying Fall 2024
  • Contact the appropriate dept to request a Ph.D. application fee waiver for international students
Dept Department Request PhD Application Fee Waiver
BME Biomedical Engineering
CHE Chemical Engineering
CISE Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering None Available
ECE Electrical and Computer Engineering None Available


Engineering Education None Available
ESSIE Civil, Coastal, Environmental Engineering
ISE Industrial Systems and Engineering
MAE Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
MSE Materials Science Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Sciences