Steps to Apply

Use the following steps to guide you through the application process. Print out the checklist to track your progress in applying to FIU.

Important Dates

Many graduate programs offer rolling admission during the fall, spring and summer terms. However, some programs limit admission to 1 or 2 terms a year.

Please note that if the program deadline is earlier than the Graduate Admissions deadline for that semester, all materials including the application must be submitted by the earlier date.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted before 5pm EST on the date of the deadline. Some programs may have deadlines that are different from the standard Office of Admissions deadlines. Please visit the Admissions Requirements page to confirm whether the program you are applying to is one of them.

Domestic Applicant Deadlines
Entry TermMaster’s and Graduate
Certificate Programs
Fall (starts in August)June 1February 15
Spring (starts in January)October 1August 1
Summer (starts in May)March 1December 1

1. Check Admissions Requirements

Before you begin your graduate application, make sure you are aware of the program’s requirements. Requirements may vary, so search for your program on our Admissions Requirements page. Some of these requirements may include:

  • A minimum 3.00 grade point average (GPA) in a completed undergraduate degree program
  • GRE or GMAT (Note:The GRE has been waived by many of FIU's graduate programs through Fall Semester 2023.  Please contact the graduate program directly to confirm whether a test is required for admission.)
  • Letter of intent
  • Letters of recommendation (use the Letter of recommendation template)
  • Resume
  • Portfolio/audition/interview
  • Departmental application
  • English proficiency test (for foreign-educated students)

2. Search For Funding

Filing the FAFSA before the deadline will make it easier to calculate and deliver your financial aid awards. Filing is free and you could be eligible for federal loans, grants or scholarships. F ind more funding resources through the University Graduate School and the FIU  Office of Scholarships. Deadlines for funding may vary.

Submit the FAFSA

3. Complete your Application

The online application takes about 20-30 minutes to complete and requires a $30 application fee. During the online application process you will be asked to provide personal information and information about your educational history.  You will also be asked to upload your supplemental admissions documents (statement of intent, resume, etc.) and provide the contact information for your recommenders.

Some programs require additional applications (either departmental or supplemental) before you can submit the university's graduate application. Please check the Admissions Requirements page to view see if a graduate program has an additional application or additional requirements (interview, portfolio, etc.) for admission.


4. Submit Transcript(s)

This includes university/college official transcript from all institutions previously attended in a sealed institution envelope. If you graduated from FIU, you do not need to request transcripts  unless you attended another institution afterwards. Students who have received an education from non-English speaking countries must have their transcripts translated when sent to FIU. Find out more:

Submit Transcripts

International Graduate applicants: If your post-secondary educational history includes coursework outside the United States, you must submit a course-by-course credential translation and evaluation, with grade point average (GPA) calculation included, for all non-U.S. coursework. FIU accepts evaluations/translations from any NACES member evaluation service.

5. Submit Residency Documentation

Residency status is used primarily to determine whether students pay in-state or out-of-state tuition. Whether you are a Florida resident, U.S. resident or international student, you are required to submit proof of residency. Failing to provide residency documentation will delay your enrollment.

Declare Residency

6. Check Application Status

When you finish your application, you will be assigned a Panther ID within  3-5 work days. This will give you access to your MyFIU account where you can check your application status.

Be sure to check your email junk/spam folders and/or indicate FIU is a trusted source to ensure you receive all important email messages. 

If you experience difficulty logging in to this site at any time, try troubleshooting tips on the Access MyFIU page or contact University Technology Services at 305-348-2284 or on their website for assistance.

Check Status

Other Steps

  • International Students

    International students must submit English language proficiency exams and other documents to apply to FIU. Visit International Admissions to learn about how to apply, life at FIU and much more.

    International Graduate Application Process

  • Foreign-educated Students

    Applicants from non-English speaking countries, including internationally educated American students, must demonstrate proficiency in English.  Applicants that attended undergraduate institutions that do not teach in English must also meet this requirement, even if the institution is located within the United States.  However, the following countries are exempt:

    English Proficiency Test Exempt Countries

    Antigua and Barbuda
    Brunei Darussalam
    Cayman Islands
    Christmas Island
    Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
    Marshall Islands
    Micronesia, Federated States
    New Zealand
    Papua New Guinea
    Saint Helena
    Saint Kitts and Nevis
    Saint Lucia
    Sierra Leone
    South Africa
    St Vincent and the Grenadines
    Tanzania, United Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
    United Kingdom
    United States
    Virgin Islands (British)
    Virgin Islands (U.S.)