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Applying to SFSU Biology Graduate Programs

 

Application Now Closed

Biology Department
Graduate Program Application
for Fall 2017

Application is a 3-Part process. 
Please read application instructions below.

In order to be considered,
you must complete ALL parts of your application.

Deadline is February 1, 2017

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.


Part I:  Apply to SFSU online at CSU Mentor

For domestic applicants click here: http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/grad_apply.asp 

For international applicants click here:  http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/intl_apply.asp 

Online applications are uploaded to SFSU Student Systems in 24 hours. You do not need to respond on CSU Mentor to the question related to "Statement of Purpose." Just write in that space, "see attached."  You will be attaching a statement of purpose, to the Biology Department Application (Part II below).

You will receive an email after you complete your CSU Mentor application with an SFSU ID number. Use this ID# to complete the Biology Department Application found in Part II below.

Submit a set of official transcripts from all post-secondary (post-high school) programs attended to:

San Francisco State University
Division of Graduate Studies
Administration Building, Room 254
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132


This is required by the University for your application to be complete.
 


Part II:  Apply to the Department/Program

Include the items below:

To fill out the Biology Department on-line application form you need:

SFSU ID Number
You will need your SFSU ID number that was e-mailed to you after you completed your CSU Mentor Application.

Statement of Purpose
You will need to complete and attach a Statement of Purpose form to your Biology application. Complete this before filling out  the Biology Department application.
Click here for instructions on preparing a statement of purpose.

All-Science Transcript
You will need to complete and attach an All-Science Transcript form to your Biology application. Complete this before filling out the Biology Department application.
Click here for the PDF version or download the MS Word version.


Application Now Closed

Complete the (REQUIRED)
Biology Department online application

Attach your
Statement of Purpose and All-Science transcripts.

We strongly encourage applying on-line, however If you are unable to do so please read the instructions on the following page: Applying to SFSU Biology Graduate Program - Alternate instructions for hard copy applications.
 



Letters of Reference

Arrange to have Two Letters of Reference sent to us.

Download the Instructions to Letter Writers and give this to your letter writers. We prefer letters of reference to be emailed to: biograd@sfsu.edu. Alternatively referees may send 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 students.


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

https://www.ets.org/gre/
Use recipient code 4684. Unofficial scores may be included on your All-Science Transcript form, but official scores will be necessary for admission.

Mail your GRE scores to:

San Francisco State University
Division of Graduate Studies
Administration Building, Room 254
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
 


International Students must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam

https://www.ets.org/toefl

Use recipient code 4684. Unofficial scores may be included on your All-Science Transcript form, but official scores will be necessary for admission.

All international applicants, resident aliens and U.S. citizens whose secondary education and undergraduate degrees were taught in any language other than English must submit a TOEFL or IELTS exam score that meets the Division of Graduate Studies minimum requirements.

You do not have to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score if you earned a Bachelor's degree from any of the following countries: Australia, Botswana, Canada, Commonwealth Caribbean, Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Liberia, Kenya, Malawi, Pacific Trust Territories, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States

Mail your test scores to:

San Francisco State University
Division of Graduate Studies
Administration Building, Room 254
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
 


Part III:  Begin to Identify potential SFSU Faculty Mentors

We admit only those applicants who have been invited to join the lab of a graduate faculty member (except for Cell and Molecular Biology - Emphasis in Stem Cell Research and Professional Science Master's (PSM) students, see below). Therefore, it is important for you to identify potential advisors and contact them about your interests in Biology. 

  1. Browse the Biology Faculty Profiles to find research that interests you.
     
  2. Contact via email each faculty member whose research fits with your interests and arrange an individual appointment to discuss opportunities in their laboratories. We encourage you to be proactive.
     
  3. For students applying to the PSM program,
    please contact Dr. Linda Chen at psm@sfsu.edu.
     
  4. For students applying to the 
    Cell and Molecular Biology - Emphasis in Stem Cell Research
    , you do NOT need to identify potential SFSU faculty mentors for this graduate program.
     
  5. For students applying to the  RTC Marine Science Program contact:
    Jonathon Stillman: stillmaj@sfsu.edu
    Ellen Hines: ehines@sfsu.edu
    Website: rtc.sfsu.edu/riptides