Please note that international applicants who have a) spent the last two years in an English speaking environment, b) are green card holders, or c) originate from countries where English is an official language and is the language of instruction in higher education (click here for a list), do not need to submit TOEFL scores. However, a course-by-course transcript evaluation with a GPA equivalent is still required.
Applicants will be assessed based on the above as well as on the strength of the letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf and their personal statement/statement of application. Please note that the Integrative Biology Ph.D. Program is a competitive program and meeting the above outlined minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
The names of faculty members in whose lab the applicant might wish to work should be indicated on the online application. Up to three lab rotations in the first semester will help the new students in finding a home lab. The Admissions Committee and the Associate Program Director, Dr. Sarah Milton, will assist the student in identifying potential labs. However, applicants/acceptances must to contact potential faculty directly to identify potential sponsors ahead of and after admission respectively. Please note that the final approval on the student's choice of Ph.D. Supervisor must come from the Program Director.
The Ph.D. supervisor must be a member of the program's graduate faculty and will chair the supervisory and dissertation research committees. Student's pursuing an Integrative Biology concentration must match with a Ph.D. supervisor on the concentration's graduate faculty list. For Ph.D. supervisor selection suggestions, students should refer to the Biology Department website to examine the fields and interests of individual faculty. Integrative Biology core, Neuroscience and Biomedical Science concentration applicants may enter the program prior to identifying a Ph.D. supervisor and participate in laboratory rotations within their first year in the Ph.D. program. Environmental Science and Marine Science and Oceanography applicants must have a Ph.D. supervisor from within FAU prior to applying.
If you are currently in a Master’s Program at FAU and wants to switch to the Ph.D. program, you will need to complete the online application. Please consult with your advisor and the Graduate Program Coordinator.
All applicants to the joint Max Planck-FAU IMPRS Ph.D. Program in Brain and Behavior must also apply to FAU's Integrative Biology-Neuroscience Ph.D. program. While the Integrative Biology Ph.D. Program admits applicants directly out of bachelors degree programs, successful completion of a master's degree is a pre-requisite of the IMPRS program.
All international students whose transcripts are from non-U.S. institutions must have their credentials evaluated course-by-course, including a GPA by an approved professional evaluation service. A list of approved evaluation agencies can be found here.
On acceptance into the program, all international students wishing to participate in a Teaching Assistantship must successfully pass a Panel Review prior to beginning their teaching assignments. SITA (Seminar for International Teaching Assistants) candidates who do not pass the panel review will be unable to hold a teaching assignment; however, they will not lose financial assistance for the period of time it was offered in the original offer letter. Please see the International Students and Scholars Services website for more information.
Dr. Stacee Caplan
Graduate Program Coordinator, Integrative Biology
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, SC 136
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Address queries to Dr. Stacee Caplan at 561-297-4750 or email@example.com.