Dear Prospective Student,
Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. Admission to the program is based on a combined evaluation of your GRE Quantitative and Verbal score and your undergraduate GPA. We require a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. No minimum requirement on GRE scores. International students must take the TOEFL and receive a score of 80/217/550 (iBT/computer/paperversion) on the TOEFL exam. In addition, transcripts from ALL previous academic institutions and letters of reference from at least two professors who can attest to your ability to complete a graduate degree in physics must be submitted. You must also submit a statement of interest. GRE and TOEFL scores must be submitted through ETS to the graduate admissions office. Transcripts and reference letters should also be sent to the graduate admissions office.
The application must be done online through the gradute admissions office website. Paper applications are not accepted. There is a $30 fee for applying. The official deadline for all applicants is February 15 to consider your application for fall admission. Not all materials need be received by then but an application must be started. However, I encourage you to get your application done much sooner than that (preferably by end of December for the following fall) as we begin screening applications in mid January. We do not have spring or summer admissions.
Most successful applicants are offered an assistantship. These assistantships, either teaching or research assistantships, pay tuition and provide a stipend. The current stipend level is $23,460/year for PhD students. We do not provide support for MS students. Several additional forms of scholarships are available that can be supplemental to or in lieu of departmental assistantships. In addition there are other forms of Graduate Funding.
Students holding a full time TA or RA (20 hours per week) are automatically enrolled in the University's subsidized health insurance program. The student has to pay 25% of the total premium and this is currently $476.25 per year. Students with full tuition waiver (part of a full time TA or RA) are responsible to pay additional charges per credit hour (currently $73.71/credit for new students) and a semester fee (currently $194.39 in fall and spring and $188.27 in summer). The university has a payment plan that allows these fees to be paid over the course of the semester http://onestop.fiu.edu/Student%20Financials/FIU-Installment-Payment-Plan/index1.html. All full time students are expected to register for at least 9 credit hours per fall/spring semester and 6 per summer semester.
If I can supply you with any additional information about the academic or research programs at FIU, please do don't hesitate to contact me. Please note that we do not offer an informal evaluation of your application material.
Jorge L. Rodriguez
Graduate Program Director
Dept. of Physics, CP202
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199