This table provides a summary of all of the documents that are required for your application file to be complete. For detailed application instructions, please visit the Application Procedures for Prospective Biology Graduate Students website. Please read all instructions carefully and pay close attention to WHEN these documents are due and to WHERE these documents must be sent.

In addition to these required documents, students must find a faculty advisor willing to accept them into his or her laboratory. Having a faculty advisor is as a condition of acceptance to the program. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact faculty whose research interests are compatible with their own to determine if these faculty are accepting students, and if so, to arrange a visit to the campus. Faculty members are likely to request a curriculum vitae and a summary of research interests from interested students.

International students should refer to International Student Center for more information on graduate study at SDSU.

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Please note: February 1st is the deadline for completing the online CSU Mentor application. All supporting materials must reach Graduate Admissions by March 1. February 1 is the preferred deadline for all departmental materials to reach the Department of Biology. Thus, departmental applications that are completed by February 1 have an advantage in the review process, and priority will be given to completed applications received by this date. Review of departmental applications received after February 1st will continue until all positions are filled and depatmental support through teaching or graduate assitantships has been allocated. Until further notice, Spring admission has been suspended.

SDSU Electronic Application Oct 1st — Feb 1st
This is the first step in the admissions procedure
Online submission SDSU Electronic Application
Transcripts Oct 1st — Feb 1st
Do not send transcripts before submitting your online application.
Enrollment Services
Biology Department Application Oct 1st — Feb 1st Biology Department Application Website Biology Department Application Website
Letters of recommendation (At least 3 letters) Biology Department Application Website
Personal statement of research interests
CV /Resume
GRE scores (General test only) Graduate Admissions Office Will be sent directly by Educational Testing Service
The SDSU Institutional Code is 4682

* The dates in the table are for fall admission. Spring admission dates are Oct 1st for students applying for a TA position and Nov 1st for all other applications. However, the university presently is not accepting applications for spring admissions.

Contact the Biology Department Graduate Student Coordinator:

Dr. Robert Zeller Department of Biology San Diego State University 5500 Campanile Dr. San Diego, CA 92182-4614 Phone: 619-594-6375 Fax: 619-594-5676 Email:

Enrollment Services

Graduate Admissions Enrollment Services San Diego State University 5500 Campanile Drive San Diego, CA 92182-7416

For more information about the Ecology Masters program contact the Ecology Masters Adviser:

Dr. Kevin Hovel, Ecology M.S. Adviser
Department of Biology San Diego State University San Diego, California 92182-4614