Graduate Studies in Biological Science at FSU


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Finding a good match between your interests and a professor's research is the first step in applying to graduate school.

Applications for PhD and Thesis MS program for Fall 2018 are now being accepted. The priority deadline for applications for Fall 2018 is December 1, 2017 11:59 PM.
Course-Type MS Applications to start in Spring 2018 are now being accepted. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2017 11:59 PM.



The Florida State University Department of Biological Science, with over 40 faculty and 100 graduate students, offers Masters and Doctoral degree training in research specializations ranging from ecology to molecular biology. The graduate program is organized into three areas: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the Program in Neuroscience. Each area conducts its own review of applications and guides its students to the completion of their degrees. Students have access to world-class resources and facilities. All PhD or Thesis MS students receive full financial support, including a stipend and waivers for tuition. The current annual stipends are $21870 for Thesis MS students and $22800 for doctoral students.

Before applying, students should carefully examine the research specializations of the faculty and identify faculty labs in which they would like to study. Students are strongly encouraged to contact faculty directly to explore mutual research interests and opportunities.

Cellular and Molecular Biology

Fundamental research in the areas of cell structure, motility, and development is complemented by other areas of research such as the genetic control of cellular behavior, the regulation of gene expression, the dynamic maintenance of genetic information, and the physiology of organisms.

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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Our faculty has broad research interests that link deep natural history with modern quantitative and molecular techniques. We are an unusually interactive group where students find doors open rather than closed. The concentration of our faculty within one department facilitates these interactions.

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Program in Neuroscience

An interdisciplinary graduate training program with faculty from Biological Science, Psychology, Mathematics, and Biomedical Sciences conducting cutting-edge research encompassing the full spectrum of neuroscience, providing students with unique, interdisciplinary training opportunities.

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