- What are FIU's Graduate Admissions requirements?
Requirements vary depending on the program. For a list of admissions requirements, please visit our Admissions Requirements page.
- How do I apply for Graduate Admissions?
Here is a list of the documents you will need to provide in order to apply. All of this information is explained in more depth on our Graduate Applicant page.
Graduate application (available online here).
$30 non-refundable application fee. This can be paid online with a credit card or by mailing a check or money order in U.S. funds payable to Florida International University.
GRE or GMAT test scores (if your program requires it) sent officially from the testing center. Our GRE school code is 5206. To check program requirements and deadlines, please visit our Admissions Requirements page.
TOEFL scores (if required) sent officially from the testing center. Students need a minimum score of 550 paper-based or 80 internet-based. We also accept IELTS scores sent directly from the testing center. Students need a minimum score of 6.5. Duolingo results are also accepted through spring 2022 with a minimum score of 105.
Official University/College transcripts from all institutions previously attended in an official, sealed envelope. (If the transcripts issued by your institution are not in English, you must submit a translated copy in addition to the official transcripts. The translation must be done by an official translation service or official translator duly accredited in the United States or your home country).
Any other documents such as recommendation letters, resume, and/or statement of purpose may be required by your department. Their formats may also vary so you will need to contact the specific department in this regard. For department requirements and deadlines, please visit here.
- What are the application deadlines?
Some academic departments have specific application deadlines. View program deadlines.
If a program does not have a specific deadline, the following apply:
The deadlines to apply are:
Fall - June 1st
Spring - October 1st
Summer - March 1st
- Can I apply to a graduate program if I have not finished my Bachelor’s degree yet?
We encourage students to apply to a graduate program as early as the beginning of their senior year in college. However, in order to finalize their admission (and no later than their first semester), students will need to request an updated set of transcripts that show degree was awarded.
- How can I meet with someone from Graduate Admissions?
FIU Graduate Admissions staff is meeting with prospective students. To schedule a meeting with a representative from our team or attend one of our virtual information sessions, please visit go.fiu.edu/visit and scroll down to Graduate School Students.
- How can I qualify for Florida residency?
In order to be eligible to qualify for Florida Residency an applicant must belong to one of the following categories:
- U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident Alien
- Holder of (or dependent of) one of the following visas: A, E, G, H1, I, K, L, N, 01, R, NATO, I-7, T or V.
To establish Florida residency you must provide at least two of the following forms of proof. They must be dated one year prior to the term you are seeking admission:
- Driver's license
- Vehicle Registration
- Florida ID with Declaration of Domicile
- Voter's Registration
- Tax Return with Declaration of Domicile
- Professional License issued by the State of Florida
If there are any discrepancies or if additional forms of proof are requested, you must provide one or more of the following:
- Employment letter with current W-2 or W-4
- Bank letter- Indicating activity in checking account for 12 consecutive months
- In-state tuition receipt from another Florida State School (within the last 12 months)
- Active Military orders
- Letter from a Utility company
- Lease, rental or mortgage contract
- Warranty Deed
- Current Florida Public School Contract
- Marriage Certificate (dependant of Florida Resident)
- Immigration papers (Alien Card, Work Permit, Asylum Approval, Visa Approval, etc. as required by the Graduate Admissions Office)
All applicants must also complete the Residency Classification form. The form must be completed, signed, and submitted along with photocopies of the respective documents.
- How do I cancel my application?
If you wish to cancel your application, please put your request in writing and e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to include your Panther ID number.
Selecting a Program
- How many Graduate programs does FIU offer?
FIU offers a wide variety of programs on the graduate level. We currently offer 106 Master’s degrees, 34 Doctoral degrees, 50+ Certificates, and 3 Specialist programs.
- Where can I see the program requirements for my area of interest?
Please visit our Admissions Requirements page on our website.
- I have a question regarding a specific program, who can I contact?
We recommend reaching out to either the program coordinator or director of your area of interest. To find their contact information, please visit here.
- Can I apply to more than one graduate program at FIU?
Yes. You can apply to multiple programs as long as submit a separate application for each and you pay an additional $30 application fee. If admitted, you will need to select which one. Check each program's requirements.
- Do you offer graduate programs online?
Yes. Information on which graduate programs are available online can be found at fiuonline.fiu.edu.
- How do I receive information about the College of Law?
For information about the College of Law, including admissions information, please visit their website at law.fiu.edu.
- How do I receive information about the College of Medicine?
For information about the College of Medicine, including admissions information, please visit their website at medicine.fiu.edu.
- How can I receive information about the joint law and graduate degree listed in the catalog?
Current law students can apply to one of the approved graduate programs after the first year of law school is completed with the permission of the College of Law.
- What is the combined 4 + 1 program?
The combined 4 + 1 program allows students to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time. If a student were to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree independently it would normally take six years, while a combined program allows a student to earn the same credit in a shorter time period. Combined programs may allow up to 12 credits to be shared between degrees.
- Who qualifies for the 4 + 1 program?
Students who are currently in their senior year of undergraduate studies (working towards a bachelor’s degree) and have earned at least 75 credits are eligible to apply for the combined program.
- How and where can I apply to the 4 +1 program?
Students seeking admissions to a combined program must be eligible to do so. Students must have earned a minimum of 75 credit hours and have approximately one year of undergraduate study left. After speaking with your academic advisor to determine eligibility, qualified applicants will see the option within their my.fiu.edu portal.
- What transcripts do I request?
You should request your official transcripts from your previous institution(s).
- What are considered official transcripts?
Official transcripts are transcripts that are issued and sealed by the institution. Often, official transcripts have the university’s seal on the envelope. Transcripts are not considered official if they have been opened. In order to process an application, we need official transcripts from all previously attended schools.
- Does my previous institution have to send my transcripts directly to the Graduate Admissions office?
While we prefer to receive transcripts directly from the institution, students may mail transcripts to our office (as long as they remain sealed).
- I received my undergraduate degree from FIU. Do I need to request transcripts from the Graduate Admissions office?
No. If you list FIU as one of the institutions previously attended, we will automatically obtain your official transcripts from Student Records in the Office of the Registrar.
- I graduated from a university in Cuba and it is very difficult to obtain my official transcripts. What should I do?
Cuban transcripts can be obtained through the following agency:
BES, Bufete De Servicios Especializados
Servicios Internacionales y Nacionales
Calle 23 No. 501 esq. a J, Vedado, C. Habana, Cuba
Tels: (537)832-6813, 832-6024, Fax: (537)66-2159 Email: email@example.com
- I studied outside of the United States. Does the same policy apply to non-US institutions as well?
Yes, students who attended schools outside of the United States need to submit an official transcript from each previously attended institution, too. If the language of the transcript is not in English, students need to submit an official translation from an official translation service too.
- If my transcripts are not in English, do I need to provide both a translation and an evaluation?
It is only necessary to provide an official translation. We have trained evaluators on staff who will evaluate your transcripts. It is not necessary to pay the extra cost for an official evaluation as we complete our own.
- Am I required to take the GMAT or GRE exam?
Certain programs require the GRE exam or the GMAT exam. Some programs do not require these tests at all. To find out if your program requires the GRE or GMAT, please visit our Admissions Requirements page.
- How do I send my test scores to you?
All GRE and TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the testing center to FIU (www.ets.org). Our institutional code is 5206.
All GMAT scores must be sent directly from the testing center to FIU (contact the College of Business at firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Is it necessary to list a department code on the GRE?
No, it is not necessary to list a department code. By listing the institutional code 5206, both the Graduate Admissions Office and the academic department will be able to obtain the scores.
- What is the difference between the TOEFL and the Institutional TOEFL?
The institutional TOEFL is offered at the English Language Institute on our campus. We automatically receive these scores within two weeks to one month from the test date. Please note that these scores are only valid at FIU. For more information about this option visit eli.fiu.edu or call (305)348-2222.
- I graduated from an institution outside of the United States. Do I need to take the TOEFL?
Students who completed their undergraduate degree in a non-English speaking country need to take either the TOEFL, the IELTS or Duolingo exam. For a list of exempt countries, please visit our Steps to Apply page underneath the Foreign-Educated Students option.
- I requested my official test scores. How long will it take for those scores to be reflected on my application?
It can take between two weeks to a month for those scores to be reflected on your application.
- Do test scores expire?
Yes, the GRE will expire after five years and the TOEFL will expire after two years.
- My recommender has not received an email to submit my letter of recommendation. How do I resend them an email?
To resend them an email, log back into the application site (not through your my.fiu.edu portal). There will be an option to resend instructions. You also have the option to send the recommenders the form, which can be found on our Steps to Apply page. Recommenders can then email us their forms at email@example.com.
- I did not waive my right to view the letters of recommendation submitted on my behalf. How can I access the letters?
If you did not waive your rights, send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy of your recommendation letters can then be sent to you.
- Can I submit my application before the recommenders submit their letters?
Yes, you can submit your application before the recommenders submit their letters.
- If I would like to update my supplemental materials on file, how do I do this?
Send an email to email@example.com. You can also log back into the application site and update your supplemental materials there.
- Where do I send my additional application materials?
If you are mailing documents from within the United States:
Florida International University
Graduate Admissions Office
PO Box 659004
Miami, FL 33265-9004
If you are mailing documents from outside the United States or using a courier service:
Florida International University
Office of Graduate Admissions
11200 SW 8th Street, BT 201
Miami, FL 33199
Students applying to programs within the College of Engineering should mail their documents to:
FIU College of Engineering and Computing
10555 West Flagler Street
EC 2430 - Dean's Office
Attn: Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Miami, Florida 33174-1630
Students applying to programs within the Chapman Graduate School of Business should mail their documents to:
Florida International University
Chapman Graduate School of Business
College of Business Complex Attn: (list your program)
1050 SW 112th Avenue
Modesto A. Maidique, CBC 2nd floor
Miami, FL 33199-0001
- Is there a paper application available?
No, graduate applications can only be submitted online. By applying online, your application is received immediately. Some programs may require a supplemental or departmental application. Students are advised to check with their academic department.
- Do I need to pay an application fee?
Students must pay a $30 non-refundable fee in order for applications to be processed accordingly.
- What are the payment options for the application fee?
Students have the ability to pay either by check/money order drawn on U.S. bank account or by credit card.
- How do I pay the application fee online if I choose to pay after I submitted my application?
Log into the Panthersoft through my.fiu.edu portal. Once logged in, click on “Admissions tile," click on “Application fee," and then the “Make a Payment” button.
- Why can’t I find the program I am applying for?
You may be on the wrong application site or have chosen the wrong term. Be sure to double check that the application link is correct.
- How do I login if I forgot my password?
Click on the link that says "forgot password." You will need to answer a security question and then your password will be reset to your birthday (ddMonyyyy format). If you are not able to reset your password, you will need to contact our University Technology Services at 305-348-2284 or go to their chat option directly from their website at: it.fiu.edu.
- If I have a technological problem when completing the application, whom can I contact?
For login/account issues, contact the DoIT Support Center.
Phone: (305) 348-2284
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm EST
- My documents have been sent in, why are they still on my to do list?
Please allow a minimum of two weeks for your materials to be processed.
- How can I check the status of my application?
To check the status of your application, please log into Panthersoft at my.fiu.edu, type your Panther ID and your Password. Once you log in, Panthersoft will immediately prompt you to change the password. If this is your first time logging in, your password will be your date of birth in the following format: ddMonyyyy.
- I have applied for graduate study and would like to know the status of my application. Whom do I contact?
For domestic applicants, please check with firstname.lastname@example.org
International applicants should contact email@example.com.
College of Business applicants please inquire with firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Medicine applicants should check with email@example.com.
- How will I be notified of FIU’s decision of admittance?
You will receive a final decision letter via email.
- I have questions about the immunization requirements. Who should I contact?
The immunization office can be reached at 305-348-2401 or 305-919-5620 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Answers to many questions can be found on their website: studenthealth.fiu.edu, underneath Registration holds.
- What is a Panther ID and how do I obtain one?
The Panther ID number is your student identification number at FIU. It will be assigned to you a few days after receipt of the online application. The confirmation of receipt of application will be sent via email and include the Panther ID.
- What is considered full-time enrollment?
Full-time enrollment at the graduate level is considered nine (9) credit-hours per semester in the Fall and Spring semesters, and (6) credits in the Summer semester (for those students who were admitted for that semester).
- How much time do I have to complete a Master’s degree?
Master’s level students have six years to complete their degree. MFA students have eight years to complete their degree.
- How much time do I have to complete a Doctoral degree?
Doctoral students have nine years to complete their degree.
- How many credits can I transfer into a Master’s program?
Graduate students may transfer up to six credits from another institution. For more information, please refer to policies.fiu.edu.
- When do my credits expire?
Master’s level credits expire after six years and doctoral credits expire after nine years (if degree is not earned). If the degree is earned they never expire.
- Can I defer my admissions? If yes, for how long?
If you are admitted, you may defer your admissions up to one year with departmental/program approval.
- Do graduate students need to attend orientation?
There is a Graduate Orientation that is coordinated by the University Graduate School. It is typically held the week before the semester begins. The University Graduate School will email instructions to students as the date approaches and will post details on their website. Please keep in mind that depending on your program, that there might be an additional departmental orientation.
- Is there on-campus housing available for graduate students?
At this time there is no on-campus housing available for graduate students, but students can visit off-campus housing for options near campus.
- What does it mean to be admitted as a ten percent conditional student?
A graduate program may conditionally admit students whose undergraduate GPA in their upper-level coursework is below 3.00 or GRE score is below the program requirements. Students who have already taken 9 graduate credits at FIU are not eligible for conditional admission. Any graduate credit (fewer than 9) already taken will be counted towards satisfying the conditional admission.
- What do I need to do to be fully admitted?
All students admitted under a conditional ten percent admission receive a letter explaining the conditional admission. Students must sign the letter indicating that they understand and accept the conditions. This letter must be returned to Graduate Admissions before students are allowed to enroll.
Students admitted under a ten percent conditional admission are required to achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the first 9 graduate-level credits AND to complete these 9 credits within the first three consecutive semesters. Students who meet the conditions will be fully admitted into the university upon completion of these requirements.
- What happens if I do not meet the condition?
Students who do not meet the above condition will be dismissed from the University and will not be able to enroll (even as non-degree seeking) for one year. After one year, students can apply again to FIU.
- I applied to a graduate program at FIU, but was not admitted. Do I need to send a complete application when I reapply?
Yes, you would need to submit a new application and pay the corresponding fee. If you are applying to a different program, you will need to submit updated departmental requirements. Additionally, if you have attended a new university since applying, you would need to submit those official transcripts.
- Where can I find the admissions requirements for international applicants?
International applicants have different admission requirements and deadlines. The International Admissions office can be reached at email@example.com or via iadmiss.fiu.edu for additional details about the application process.
- Are international students required to attend orientation?
International students are required to attend orientation hosted by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.
- Where can I find current tuition and fees information?
Currently, in-state tuition is $455.65 per credit and out-of-state tuition is $1,001.69 per credit. International students (F-1/J-1 visas) pay out-of-state tuition. To find the current tuition and fees, please click here.
- Do you have financial aid/scholarship opportunities available?
- I’m interested in Research/Teaching Assistantships. How can I obtain more information?
For Research Assistantships/General Assistantships/Teaching Assistantships opportunities, contact the academic department to which you are applying. For contact information, please visit our Admissions Requirements page.
- How do I apply for Financial Aid? (Domestic Students Only)
To receive financial assistance you must be fully admitted to an FIU degree program or be enrolled in a qualified certificate program. For need-based aid, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). For complete information on applying for aid at FIU, please visit here.
- What is FIU’s institutional FAFSA code?
Our institutional FAFSA code is #009635.