Prospective Students

Getting a Graduate Degree through the Florida Museum of Natural History

The Florida Museum of Natural History is a place for research and education within the University of Florida system. All graduate degrees are granted through the University of Florida Graduate School. There are many University of Florida Master’s or Doctoral degree-granting departments that are affiliated with the Florida Museum and all Florida Museum faculty teach and advise (act on graduate committees) through affiliated UF degree-granting departments. Many of these departments make financial support available in the form of teaching or research assistantships and in some situations Museum faculty can also provide financial support.

To determine which program is most appropriate, prospective Florida Museum graduate students should look at student information from the Florida Museum program they wish to work in and directly contact a potential adviser.

Prospective students should also visit the faculty page to identify potential advisors. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact directly their prospective mentors/advisors.


Florida Museum Program Information

Paleontological (Ancient) Biological and Geological Sciences

Anthropological Sciences

Student examining artifacts in anthro collection

Petra Cunningham-Smith, an anthropology Ph.D. candidate, examines artifacts in the collection.

Neontological (Modern) Biological Sciences


Degree-granting UF Departments associated with the Florida Museum

Student working in genetics lab

Nic Miles works in the Museum's Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics lab.


There are also opportunities for Independent Study through these departments.