TRSM PhD Program Admissions Requirements

Application Deadline

Admission for Fall 2019: March 1, 2019 (December 1, 2017 for non-US Residents)
Admission for Spring 2019: October 1, 2018 (May 1, 2018 for non-US Residents)

NoteLate applications may still be considered for review depending on the number of applications received. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For students who wish to be eligible for Graduate School Fellowships, all application materials should be submitted by the end of January. This prestigious funding opportunity requires a faculty sponsor and nomination. Applicants must coordinate with their advisor to complete the necessary paperwork by the deadline. Self-nominations will not be accepted. More information about funding opportunities can be found below.

Admissions Requirements

  • A recognized baccalaureate, graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution. 
  • A minimum grade point average of B (3.0), calculated from all grades and credits after the semester where the applicant reached 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours.
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    • GRE scores are required for admission to the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management.
    • GMAT scores will not be accepted for PhD applications.
    • All international applicants seeking admission must score at least 140 on the GRE verbal section.
  • For applicants from countries where English is not the official language, UF requires proficiency in spoken and written English and accepts the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    • Minimum scores acceptable for admissions are:
      • TOEFL: 550 (paper test); 80 (internet based)
      • IELTS: 6
      • MELAB: 77
    • International applicants are exempt from the English proficiency requirement if enrolled for one academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in a country where English is the official language prior to your anticipated term of enrollment at UF, or if you are from one of the following countries.
  • International Students: Please refer to the UF International Center for information regarding the I-20 process.

Applications are evaluated individually by the department faculty. Admission to the program will be based upon the following criteria:

  • GRE score, academic history, TOEFL score (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Compatibility of applicant’s education, experience and research interest with the mission of the program
  • Compatibility of the applicant’s background and interests with those of an available advisor
  • Teaching, research and other departmental needs in cases where departmental financial support is requested

During the application process, please look through the research interests of individual faculty members and directly contact those who you would be interested in working with. A graduate faculty member MUST accept Ph.D. applicants prior to admission. Any specific questions regarding the application process should be directed to the graduate coordinator:

How to Apply

Submit an online application which will include:

1. Statement of Purpose

  • Tell us why you want to attend our graduate program, what you want to do after your degree and any relevant experience you have.
  • Please include the name of a faculty member to work with as your advisor.

2. Transcripts

  • Arrange to have official transcripts sent to the UF Office of Admissions from each postsecondary institution attended.
  • Mail original transcripts to Graduate Admissions located at 201 Criser Hall, PO Box 114000, Gainesville FL 32611-400.
  • If you attended UF as your postsecondary institution, you do not have to order a transcript from the Office of the University Registrar.
  • International applicants must submit official transcripts, mark sheets, and examination certificates in the native language for all secondary and/or postsecondary coursework, along with certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English.

3. Test Scores (GRE and/or TOEFL)

  • Arrange to have the testing facility send official test scores to institutional code 5812.
  • GRE scores are only valid for five years from the date they were taken.
  • TOEFL scores are only valid for two years from date they were taken.

4. Letters of Recommendation (3 required)

  • The department prefers that at least 2 of these letters of recommendation come from academic sources. The third letter can be from someone known to you in a professional or academic capacity.
  • Letters can be submitted electronically through the online application or mailed directly to the department.
  • If sending letters directly to the department, please use the recommendation form found here.

5. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Application Information:

  • College: HH
  • Program: Health & Human Performance
  • Concentrations
    • Sport Management
    • Recreation, Parks & Tourism

To expedite your application process, email unofficial copies of application items listed above (e.g. unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores) as attachments to the

Financial Support

HHP Graduate Student Funding Award (GSFA) - These awards are competitive and intended to be used to attract outstanding students to pursue a Ph.D. degree in one of the academic programs in the College. The award provides four years of support if the awardee remains in good academic standing and makes good progress in their program. All award recipients will have either a teaching and/or research assistantship during the award period.


  • Must be admitted into the doctoral program and nominated by a faculty member
  • Must demonstrate academic excellence including competitive scores on the GRE and outstanding undergraduate/graduate GPA

For details about the process of applying, please click the following link: HHP Graduate School Funding Award Process.


Contact Information

TRSM Department


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