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Applying to SFSU Biology Graduate Programs

Biology Department
Graduate Program Application

Application For Fall 2019 will open October 1, 2018
Deadline to complete application is February 1, 2019

Please note: The minimum GPA requirement for applying to the M.S. in Biology
program at SFSU is 3.0 in your last 60 semester (90 quarter) units.


Here are the steps you need to take to apply to the biology department graduate program at San Francisco State…

First

Apply to SF State using the Cal State Apply website. 
https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

The Fall 2019 application will be available October 1.
 

Second

Start preparing the following documents and eventually upload them to
CAL State Apply application portal.

Personal Statement of Purpose
You will need to write a Statement of Purpose explaining why you want to attend this program.  You can upload this file as a (.doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf format). Prepare a two-page essay that discusses your interests and goals relating to your pursuing a M.S. in Biology. In this essay, please address the following:

Let us know a little about who you are. This can include where you are from, your upbringing, your educational experiences, or relevant stories that help us get to know you. Tell us about how your motivation to pursue graduate studies in Biology developed. Describe previous research or laboratory experience. Describe how participation in our program will benefit your educational or career goals. Identify which faculty members whose research matches your interests.

Instruction can be found here:
http://biology.sfsu.edu/sites/default/files/SFSUGradStatement_f18.pdf


All Science Transcripts

You will need to list of all the science courses you have taken on our All-Science Transcript form, found here...PDF Version: (Requires full version of Acrobat)
All Science Transcript Form

Letters of Recommendation
You need a minimum (2) Letters of Recommendation. Letters of recommendation can be submitted through the evaluation tab in your application.

Alternatively, letters of recommendation may be emailed to: biograd@sfsu.edu
Subject: Letter of Recommendation for applicant {Your Name}

Instructions for recommenders

English Language requirements

GRE

The Department of Biology does not require the GRE General or Subject Test. If you would like to submit your scores, you may do so; however, GRE scores are not used as criteria for admission.

International Students (https://grad.sfsu.edu/content/international-application-submission)
All graduate study applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. To demonstrate your English language ability, you should submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL), International English Language testing System(IELTS), or Pearson Test of English(PTE) Academic score report to the Division of Graduate Studies. If you earned a U.S. Bachelor's or Master's degree, the English language testing requirement will be waived.

The Division of Graduate Studies minimum TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE Academic scores are:

TOEFL  (www.toefl.org)
550 Total score on the paper based test
OR
80 Overall score on the internet based test (iBT TOEFL)

OR

IELTS (www.ielts.org)
Overall band score of 7.0

OR

PTE Academic (http://pearsonpte.com)
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic overall score of 65.

 

Third

Begin to identify potential SFSU faculty mentors you would like to work with by browsing the Biology Faculty Profiles to see what research interests you.  Contact each faculty member (via email) whose research fits with your interests, and arrange an individual appointment to discuss opportunities in their laboratories. We encourage you to be proactive.  You will need to list the names of the faculty member on your application. You can find their profiles (listed by emphasis) at http://biology.sfsu.edu/people



We admit only those applicants who have been invited to join the lab of a graduate faculty member.

For those interested in apply to the...

M.S. Professional Science Masters
For students applying to the PSM program, please email
psm@sfsu.edu for more information. Also review information about this major at: http://psm.sfsu.edu/
The majors are
  • Biomedical Science: Concentration in Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Science: Concentration in Stem Cell Science

Stem Cell Research Emphasis
CIRM program
(California Institute of Regenerative Medicine)

For students interested in our CIRM program (California Institute of Regenerative Medicine). There are 2 majors that incorperate CIRM research.

To be considered for the CIRM program, apply to one of these two majors...
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Profession Science Master
    (Biomedical Science with concentration in Stem Cell)

When stating your interest in the CIRM program, you do NOT need to identify potential SFSU faculty mentor. In place of a faculty members name write: "CIRM".


Visit the San Francisco State University Division of Graduate Studies Wesbite for more information
http://grad.sfsu.edu/

Information about applying to SFSU
http://grad.sfsu.edu/content/prospective/domestic/domestic-application-submission


 

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