Every applicant MUST apply electronically to the CSU via the CSU mentor. There is a $55 application fee. It is vital to complete the CSU application as soon as possible in order to be issued your RED ID NUMBER. After you submit your electronic application, instructions on how to obtain your RED ID number will be sent to you via e-mail. This number will allow you to track your application status online and will enable the Department to create and monitor your application file.
Fall Application Period: October 1 - March 1
PLEASE NOTE: February 1st is the preferred deadline for all of the masters programs in the Department of Biology. This includes domestic and international applications for admission. Review of complete applications will begin shortly after this date and priority will be given to completed applications received by February 1. The Department of Biology will continue to review completed applications received after February 1 and admission decisions will be made until all spaces are filled.
Step 2: Request and Send or Have Sent Official Transcripts and Test Scores to Graduate AdmissionsOnly after you have applied through CSU mentor and received your red id, should you have official transcripts and proof of degree sent. Sending transcripts to Graduate Admissions before submitting your CSU mentor application can result in processing delays. You must provide official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) to the SDSU Graduate Admissions office from all post-secondary institutions attended. Students who attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance.
Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Explanations of criteria used for grading are very helpful. Do not send extraneous items such as certificates or awards. These items are not needed, and if sent, can result in processing delays.
Send official transcripts to:
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416
Only the General GRE is required. Official GRE scores must be reported directly to the University Graduate Admissions (www.ets.org, SDSU Institution Code 4682). An unofficial copy of your ETS score card may also be sent along with the department application materials or it may be faxed to 619-594-5676.
An applicant must take the TOEFL, if the medium of instruction was in a language other than English. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to the University Gradual Admissions (www.ets.org, SDSU Institution Code 4682), An unofficial copy of your ETS score card may also be sent along with the department application materials or it may be faxed to 619-594-5676.
Step 3: Departmental Materials
** Please Note: This information and forms for the Departmental Materials was updated in early October. Please make sure that you have reviewed this new information and application procedures. **
The Department of Biology application form is required of all applicants in ADDITION to the CSU Mentor electronic application.
There are a limited number of teaching and graduate assistantships available. To receive full consideration for positions as a Teaching Assistant or Graduate Assistant, all university and departmental application materials must be received by February 1 for fall admission.
Submit to the Department of Biology:
1. A Biology Department Application Form (Word File)(Zip File).
(PC: right click on link and choose Save Link As, Mac: Control click on link and choose Save Link As or Download Link)
(PC: right click on link and choose Save Link As, Mac: Control click on link and choose Save Link as or Download Link)
3. In addition, it is very strongly recommended that applicants also provide unofficial transcripts and copies of GRE scores to the Department in order to expedite the review process. (optional) If you are including these documents, please scan and include them in the Biology Department Application Form that you will be emailing to the department.
Please carefully read and follow the instructions provided in the Biology Department Application Form.
If you have any questions regarding this application process, please contact:
Dr. Tod W. Reeder (Graduate Advisor)
Department of Biology
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182
Step 4: Additional Requirements of Program Area
Applicants should read the information for specific programs for any additional requirements and information. The Ecology and the Evolutionary Biology programs require that applicants be accepted by a prospective thesis advisor before they may be accepted into the M.S. degree program.Evolutionary Biology Program
Cell and Molecular Biology Program
5: Tracking Application StatusUse your RED ID number to track the status of your application online. You will be able to monitor when materials have been received and view a list of materials that are still required in order to complete your application file.
Biology Graduate Advisor
Dr. Tod Reeder
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4614
Phone (619) 594-6375
Cell and Molecular Biology MS adviser
Dr. Kelly Doran
Ecology M.S. Adviser
Dr. Kevin Hovel
Evolutionary Biology M.S. Adviser
Dr. Kevin Burns