Admissions Requirements

for Graduate Studies in Biological Sciences

School code for GRE and TOEFL: 5219

Items Required in Application Form

Applications are completed online through the FSU Graduate Application Portal

Submit the application fee upon completion of the application.

Note: The Department only accepts the GRE exam when considering admission.

Requirements Minimums
GPA 3.0 or better, on all upper division work.
GRE Average Scores: Verbal 157 (74%) , Quantitative 156 (64%)
Enter your scores in your application under Forms. You should request that official GRE scores be sent to FSU (school code 5219).
We do not have a minimum GRE score for admission, but applicants with GRE scores below 153 verbal and 146 quantitative need to have strong research backgrounds, and a GPA >3.2 on upper division courses.*
TOEFL
(International Only)
92 total, 26 on speaking. Enter your scores in your application under Forms. If there is not a place on the forms for all the scores then please upload all the scores (not just the total score) on a separate page under documents. You should request that official TOEFL scores be sent to FSU (school code 5219).
TOEFL scores are not required if you are from a country where English is the primary spoken language, or if you have a graduate degree from an institution in an English-speaking country.
Transcripts Unofficial copies of transcripts are to be uploaded into your Application using Upload Materials submission.

Official copies of final transcripts are required if you are admitted to the program and must be sent directly to:
Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
PO Box 3062400
Tallahassee FL 32306-2400
USA
Letters 3 letters of recommendation are to be uploaded into the Admissions system by the individuals who will be submitting letters. The letters should be from faculty, and/or employers familiar with your academic and/or research experience
Statement Statement of research interest is to be uploaded into your Application using Upload Materials submission.
CV An updated CV or resume listing your experience, skills, and any presentations or papers should also be uploaded into your Application using Upload Materials submission.
Bio Science Supplemental Application: Fill out the form for the Biological Science Supplemental Application under your Application Forms. On this form you'll specify an area of interest (Cell & Molecular Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, or Neuroscience) and list 3 faculty members, who are currently accepting students, as potential advisors.


Note: Because our programs are extremely competitive, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee you will be accepted.