Admission Requirements

The MDP Program admits a new cohort of students each Fall semester. Although we strongly encourage applicants submit all application documents by February 1st, the program will review applications on a rolling basis after this date until June 15th. Read more about the UF MDP admission requirements below.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet the following requirements to apply to the MDP program:

  • Have a background and interest in conservation and/or development issues. This interest can be demonstrated through undergraduate course work, study abroad, work and/or volunteer experiences.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • A 3.0 GPA or higher in all upper-division undergraduate coursework.
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Examination Record (GRE).
  • Required minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam for non-exempt international applicants. Exempt countries and additional requirements for international applicants found here.

APPLICATION STEPS

  • Complete the online application:
    On your graduate school online application please indicate that you are applying to the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) program and list MDP as your Specialization. The application should include a statement of purpose and 3 recommendation letters. You also have the option to upload a copy of your CV or resume, and copies of your transcripts and other documents. Official transcripts must still be sent from all prior academic institutions to the UF Office of Admissions.
  • Statement of purpose: Your statement of purpose should demonstrate your interest and understanding of sustainable development issues, taking into consideration your own perspective and background and highlighting the set of skills and experience you bring, both academic and practice-based. It should provide a thoughtful articulation of the potential field practicum project/research you aspire to carry out, and include your regional, disciplinary and topical interests. The statement of purpose should reflect the commitment and passion you will bring to the MDP Program and to your future career as a development practitioner.
  • 3 letters of recommendation: At least one letter of recommendation must come from an academic source. If recommendors are unable to submit letters online, they may be sent as hard copies to the MDP office or e-mailed as an attachment to ctarter@ufl.edu. Each letter must be accompanied by a UF Graduate School Recommendation Form
  • After submitting: Send an e-mail to Cindy Tarter, Program Coordinator and provide your assigned UFID.

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Applicants are required to submit additional documents to the UF Office of Admissions in addition to the online application.

Please submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions at the address below:

  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended (Official English translations are required for international transcripts and certificates)
  • Official GRE scores (The UF school code is 5812)
  • Official English Language exam scores (international students from non-exempt countries only). Click here to see countries exempt from TOEFL requirements.

These materials should be submitted to the following address:

Mail/Post
Office of Admissions
University of Florida
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, Florida 32611-4000
Courier/Overnight
Office of Admissions
University of Florida
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611-4000

International applications should consult the UF International Center International Student Services and the UF Graduate School International Admissions for additional help and resources regarding admissions.

If paying the application fee with cash or check you will need a Fee Payment Cover Memo

Once officially admitted, international applicants are required to document proof of financial support for the first year. The International Student Advisors at the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) will only contact admitted student via email to request this information. Providing electronic copies of the documents, only when requested, is encouraged.

Additional information about the I-20/DS-2019 Process as well as further admissions process resources and visa information can be found at the UFIC website

The following documents can be submitted to the MDP Program at the address or email below:

  • Copy of all transcripts (if requested)
  • Copy of GRE and TOEFL scores (if requested)
  • Letters of Recommendation if references are unable to submit letters online
  • Supplemental materials: Applicants may submit a CV via the online application, a hard copy of the statement of purpose, and any other materials they believe will strengthen their application.

Email
ctarter@ufl.edu

Mail/Post
MDP Admissions
Center for African Studies
University of Florida
PO Box 115560
Gainesville, Florida 32611-5560

Courier/Overnight
MDP Admissions
Center for African Studies
University of Florida
470 Grinter Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611-5560