UF College of Design, Construction & Planning

Ph.D. Admissions

Admission to our Ph.D. program is granted at both the college and school or department level.

Application Deadlines:
If you are applying for a fellowship award, you must have your application complete by December 5th, 2017. Fellowship Awards are only available for students applying for the Fall semester, and are very limited. If you are not applying for financial aid you may continue to apply, as we have rolling admissions.


Ph.D. Applicants can apply to study in areas of:

  • Architecture
  • Construction Management
  • Historic Preservation
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Minimum Qualifications:

  • GRE Verbal- 146 (400 old scale)
  • GRE Quantitative- 148 (650 old scale)
  • TOEFL- 80

Students with test scores below these will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Average Qualifications of 2017 Admits:

  • GRE Verbal- 148 (440 old scale)
  • GRE Quantitative- 159 (750 old scale)
  • 3.6 GPA

To Apply

      1. Submit the University of Florida Online Application
      2. Applicants will be responsible for the non-refundable $30 application fee payable by credit card online at the time of application.
      3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (mailed by you or, preferably, your post secondary institutions directly to the Office of Admissions).
      4. Official GRE Scores (sent by the testing service directly to the Office of Admissions using school code 5812).
      5. Send the materials to this address:
        University of Florida Office of Admissions
        201 Criser Hall
        P.O. Box 114000
        Gainesville, FL 32611-4000


International students only (in addition to above):

  1. Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Send the following materials to:

PhD Program
College of Design, Construction and Planning
University of Florida
P.O. Box 115701
Gainesville, FL 32611-5701

  1. Statement of Intent (If Not Uploaded). This statement should be 1-2 pages and should explain your graduate study, research interests and preparation for doctoral studies. Please be as specific as possible about your research focus.
  2. Three letters of recommendation (if not uploaded through application)
  3. Portfolio of your design work. Portfolios must be submitted hard copy only. (This applies to applicants possessing degrees in design disciplines who are interested in architecture, interior design and/or landscape architecture.)

Review Process

The Ph.D. Program Director reviews the completed application folder and then sends it to one of the Graduate Coordinators within the study specializations of each department. Their goal is to identify faculty member(s) whose research parallels the interest of the applicant. Once a match is made between faculty member’s research interest and the applicant’s, plus all Graduate School requirements are satisfied, the applicant can be recommended for acceptance, based on availability of space and resources.