Ph.D. Admissions

Admission to our Ph.D. program is granted at both the college and school or department level.
Applications will be reviewed carefully for evidence of qualification for the Ph.D. program and applicants may be interviewed, if necessary. Pursuant to Florida Statute, your application requires inclusion of all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé.


Is there a minimum GRE score that must be achieved?
Yes. The DCP requires that applicants hold a Verbal Score of 146 and a Quantitative Score of 148. Applications are reviewed holistically and test scores are but one factor.

What is the minimum TOEFL score?
The DCP requires that applicants earn a score of 80 or higher.

My GRE / TOEFL score falls below the DCP’s minimum. Will my application still be considered?
Yes. Students with test scores below the minimum will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

I am an international student who has earned a degree from an English speaking institution. Must I still submit an official TOEFL / IELTS score?
No. Applicants will be waived from this requirement.

May I submit a hard copy portfolio?
The Ph.D. Program Office strongly encourages applicants to provide a digital portfolio, when necessary. It may be uploaded as supplemental information within the online application.

Must I designate a Faculty Advisor in my application?
No. Applicants are welcome to mention a potential faculty advisor within their Personal Statement. The individual concentrations will match the applicant with a faculty member possessing related research interests.

May I apply if I hold another Ph.D. or doctoral degree?
Yes. A complete application must be submitted.

How many applications are received for the DCP Ph.D. Program?
Approximately 120 applications are received each year. About 40 students are admitted and 20-30 matriculate.

Is funding available?
Both domestic and international students are eligible for funding consideration. This may come in the form of fellowships, merit-based awards, and graduate assistantships. No additional application is required. Information regarding graduate school funding is available at:
The DCP strongly encourages students to seek alternative sources of support, as funding is limited. Awards are only offered to students enrolling in the fall semester.

Is it possible to transfer credits from a previously earned master’s degree?
Yes. With the approval of the Faculty Advisor, students may request transfer credits during their second year of study. Only graduate-level, letter graded courses of B or above will be considered. The Graduate School may grant up to 30 transfer credits.

Do you offer either an online or part-time degree program?
No, this is a traditional graduate degree program. Some students both work professional jobs and take classes. That said, there is no formal part-time degree program.

How long does it take to complete the Ph.D. program?
On average, students complete the program in four years.

Whom can I contact if I have additional questions?
You are welcome to email the Ph.D. Program Office at

Application Deadlines:

If you wish to be considered for a fellowship award for fall admission, you must submit a complete application, including an official GRE (required) and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable) test score, by December 17, the prior year. Fellowship awards are only available to students applying for the Fall semester and are very limited. If you are not applying for financial aid, you may continue to apply until May 15th. For Spring application, the deadline to receive complete application is September 15th.

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

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

DCP Minimum Qualifications:

  • GRE Verbal: 147
  • GRE Quantitative: 148
  • TOEFL: 80
  • IELTS: 7.0

Please note, meeting the GRE minimum score requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Average Qualifications of 2019 Admits:

  • GRE Verbal- 151
  • GRE Quantitative- 163
  • GRE Combined Score – 313

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 at the address listed below).
  4. Official GRE Score (sent by ETS, using school code 5812)
  5. Solicit letters of recommendation from three academic and/or professional references.

If applying to Architecture, Interior Design, or Landscape Architecture, please submit an electronic portfolio as part of the online application.

International students only (in addition to the above), be sure to scan and upload the following documents to your application:

  1. Official TOEFL (sent by the testing service directly to the Office of Admissions using school code 5812) or IELTS Scores (officially submitted electronically)
  2. Official transcript in native language
  3. Official transcript in English
  4. Official degree certificate in native language
  5. Official degree certificate in English

Official documents, items 2-5 as outlined above, should be mailed to the following address:

Office of Admissions
University of Florida
201 Criser Hall
P.O. Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

Review Process

The Ph.D. Program Director reviews the completed application and sends it to the relevant department Graduate Coordinator. Their goal is to identify faculty member(s) whose research parallels the interest of the applicant. Once a match is made and all Graduate School requirements are satisfied, the applicant can be recommended for acceptance, based on availability of space and resources.


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