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Prospective candidates must submit an application via the online Graduate Application and pay the $30 application fee. Applicants must also arrange to have official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended and test scores (GRE, TOEFL if a foreign student, and iBT TOFEL if a foreign student applying for financial support) sent to the Admissions Office. Transcripts in a language other than English must be translated and certified.

FIU has a rolling admissions policy. When the Admissions Office receives the student’s application, application fee, transcripts and GRE, TOEFL, TSE scores, and letters of reference, they forward the completed file to the Department of Biological Sciences for evaluation. In addition to the information sent to Admissions, the student must have a letter from their faculty sponsor submitted for the application to be considered complete.

The Department of Biological Sciences has one application deadline per year, which is for Fall admissions. Applications for graduate assistantships for the Fall term must be completed by January 5. Decisions on assistantships for the Fall term will normally be made within eight weeks of this deadline.

  • Deadlines

    Fall 2021: Apply by January 5, 2021

  • Requirements
    • Degree: Relevant bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • GPA: 3.0 average or higher during the last two years of the undergraduate program, or a master's degree in a relevant discipline
    • GRE: Required
    • Applicant Statement/Letter of Intent
    • Letters of Recommendation: Required, 3 letters sent to the Biological Sciences graduate program director evaluating the applicant's potential for graduate work
    • Sponsorship by a faculty member with with dissertation advisor status
    • Approval from the department’s Graduate Committee
    • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (translated and certified if not in English)
    • Additional Requirements: International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.


    For more information, consult the
    Graduate Catalog.

  • Funding