All application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions via the online Graduate Application. Use the graduate admission checklist to get started. Please note that the checklist may not reflect our program’s deadlines and requirements; compare it with the information on this page.
Fall: Apply by December 1, 5 p.m. EST
- GPA: 3.0 or higher in upper division courses
- GRE: General test required
- Applicant Statement/Letter of Intent: Required; up to three double-spaced pages discussing educational and career objectives and their relationship to the degree
- Letters of Recommendation: Required, 3 letters using the official template and written on official stationery
- Additional Requirements:
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Two writing samples - academic or professional
- International applicants whose native language is not English: iBT TOEFL score of 500 paper-based or 80 online, or IELTS score of 6.5
Admission to our program is highly competitive. For the 2015-16 admission year, five students were admitted out of 33 applicants. The average GRE score of applicants who were invited for admission 160 Verbal/155 Quantitative. Their average GPA was 3.6. All of the admitted applicants had significant research experience at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, and comprehensive recommendations from research advisors.
- Preferred Credentials
You should consider applying to graduate school in the same way you would apply for a job. Understand the job requirements and work to obtain experience in those areas.
We review applications looking for the following credentials:
- Research experience: One of the most important parts of a good graduate application is evidence of substantial research experience. A couple of years of work in a research laboratory is desirable, so start early. Evidence of productivity - authorship on a paper or a poster presentation at conferences - is desirable.
- Good recommendations: FIU requires three recommendations, preferably from faculty with whom you have conducted research. A recommendation from a boss at a job is not necessarily desirable, unless they can speak to your work ethic or other relevant qualities. Recommendations from faculty with whom you took one class are not great, either, unless the faculty member knows you well. Recommendations from graduate students, or from faculty in online classes, are not a great benefit to your application.
- Good GPA: A GPA above a 3.5 is usually desirable, especially if the transcript shows evidence of work in the hard sciences (chemistry, physics) and mathematics. A master's degree can help but is not required.
- Good GRE scores: High verbal and quantitative scores are desirable, as well as a good score in the written portion. FIU does not require a subject GRE.
- Evidence of writing competence: Students should show excellent competence with the written word.
Our program is a full-time commitment, and students are offered tuition waiver and a stipend as part of the acceptance into the program. Outside employment that interferes with the obligations of the assistantship is generally prohibited.