Required application materials
All applicants must submit all of the following materials through the FIU Graduate School application portal.
Curriculum Vita (CV)
The CV should include relevant research, teaching and related experience, publications or presentations, honors, scholarships, or awards.
Official graduate record examination (GRE) scores
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is temporarily waived for fall 2021.
Letters of recommendation
Three letters of recommendation written by undergraduate advisors, research advisors, or professional colleagues should be submitted online. Letters of recommendation from friends and family members should not be submitted. Strong, unequivocal letters attesting to an applicant’s educational background, motivation, analytical skills, and promise as a research scientist are considered important by the admissions committee. At the time of application, applicants should register recommenders for online submission of letters.
Statement of purpose essay
The statement of purpose essay should describe an applicant’s aptitude and motivation for graduate study, and should explain why the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences is a good intellectual fit for the applicant. The essay also should list research topic areas of interest and faculty members with whom the applicant would like to work. Applicants should include information on their experience with research, and courses or projects that have prepared them for doctoral work in biomedical sciences. Finally, the statement of purpose essay should highlight an applicant’s career goals upon completion of the doctoral degree.
Transcripts. Official transcripts must be submitted for each college or university an applicant has attended. Transcripts must come directly from the issuing institutions to FIU in sealed envelopes. Applicants who have attended FIU or are currently attending FIU do not need to submit an FIU transcript.
Transcripts issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by a copy translated by an official translation service or official translator duly accredited in the United States or the applicant’s home country. The FIU Graduate Admissions Office evaluates foreign credentials internally (as part of the admissions process) at no additional cost to the applicant.
A $30 nonrefundable fee is due at the time of application. Applications are not processed until the application fee has been received. Applicants may pay the fee online using a major credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express), or may pay using a personal check or money order in U.S. dollars.