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Applying to SFSU Biology Graduate Program - Alternate instructions for hard copy applications

We strongly encourage using the on-line application system to apply to the SFSU Biology graduate program. However, if you are unable to do so, you may:

Email a pdf of the first three items to biograd@sfsu.edu. Alternatively, you can print and mail the first three items to Graduate Coordinator, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132.
  1. Applicant Information Sheet — click here to link to this form (pdf).
  2. Statement of Purpose — Please prepare a 2-3 page essay that discusses your interests and goals relating to your pursuing a M.S. in Biology. In this essay please address the following:
    1) Describe how participation in our program will benefit your educational or career goals.
    2) Describe previous research or laboratory experience. 
    3) Tell us what you want to study and identify which faculty members whose research matches your interests.
  3. All-Science Transcript Form — Complete the form by listing all college-level science courses, the grade you received, and the institution where taken.  Click here for the .pdf version or here for the .doc version.
  4. Letters of Reference — Arrange to have two letters of reference sent to us. We prefer e-mail to: biograd@sfsu.edu. Alternatively referees may surface mail letters directly to: Graduate Coordinator, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132. It is important to request letters from professors or scientists who can address the likelihood of your success as a graduate student in biology. The most informative letters are written by persons who are in the business of directing their own graduate students.
  5. GRE scores — Use recipient code 4684. Unofficial scores may be included on your All-Science Transcript form, but official scores will be necessary for admission. Click HERE to link to the ETS web site — lots of GRE info.
  6.  Begin to identify potential SFSU faculty mentors.
    Please refer to this page for details.