How to Apply

To apply to any of our graduate programs Apply online, and use your credit card to pay the $30 application fee. 

Official transcripts should be mailed in a sealed envelope from each post-secondary
institution you have attended (excluding USF) directly to the Office of Admissions.  

Tampa campus St. Petersburg campus

University of South Florida
Office of Admissions
4202 East Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036
Tampa, FL 33620

University of South Florida
Office of Graduate Studies
140 Seventh Avenue South, PNM 102
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

For USF general or program specific admission requirements

GRE admission requirements are waived for applications received after July 2020.

personal statement (Essay)

A short statement stating your intended field of research and professional goals. Please indicate your specific research interests. In your statement please list 2-3 biology faculty members who you would like to have review your file. Acceptance into the biology graduate program requires the identification of specific faculty who are willing to direct your research. Applicants are therefore encouraged to get in contact with faculty they would like to conduct research with. Applicants are required to submit documentation via the on-line application process.

Graduate Assistantships

For full consideration for a graduate assistantship, the deadline for application to the Integrative Biology Graduate Program is November 30, for Fall admission. Applications will be accepted on a contingency basis until the USF Graduate School deadline in February, but please be aware that assistantships may have been offered to earlier applicants.

To be eligible for a Teaching Assistantship as an international student, a minimum overall TOEFL iBT score of 79 and minimum TOEFL Speaking score of 26 is required.

Application Deadlines

For U.S. Students:
Spring Term (January): July 1
Fall Term (August): Nov. 30 - Feb. 15

For International Students:
Spring Term (January): July 1
Fall Term (August): Nov. 30