Prospective Students

Application for Admission to the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (Ph.D. and M.S.)

Getting Started

  • ​All applicants should review undergraduate preparation requirements and recommendations for a competitive application. In addition to satisfactory scores (as judged by the graduate program) on the appropriate tests, the general requirement for admission is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA average. If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact the Graduate Program Director for the program you are interested in.
  • When submitting an application, prospective students must indicate the program(s) of interest. The online application will allow you to submit one application to multiple RSMAS graduate programs with no additional application fee. 
  • The online application will ask you to identify up to 5 faculty with whom you would be interested in meeting if you are offered the opportunity to interview. We encourage you to review faculty associated with various research areas and the list of available research assistantships. Please note your application will be considered regardless of your selection. Applicants are welcome to contact faculty via email before and during the application process, but this is not required.

Dates and Deadlines

  • RSMAS accepts applications year round. For best chances of fall admission into one of our PhD or research based Masters of Science programs, your complete application including all supporting documents must be received in the application period of November 1-January 1st. However, complete applications received by December 1st will have the highest chance of being invited to our on-site annual recruitment weekend visit in early February. 

Application Requirements

  • Online Application Form and Upload Supporting Documents. Please use the online application which can be found at ​
    • The application will ask you to identify up to 5 faculty with whom you are interested in. See above statement for more details on this.
    • Upload PDF of Statement of Purpose identifying your goals and objectives in pursuing a graduate degree. If you have already identified RSMAS faculty you are interested in, please be sure to include this information here as well.
    • Upload PDF of unofficial transcripts (for review purposes only). See below statement on transcripts for more details on this.
    • Three letters of recommendation from persons well situated to evaluate your qualifications for graduate study. The online application will ask you to enter your recommender's email addresses for the RSMAS recommendation letter form to be sent to them.
    • Non-refundable application fee ($85).
  • Official transcripts of all college and graduate level work are required.
    • US applicants: while the online application will allow you to upload unofficial transcripts for review purposes, RSMAS must receive official transcripts before an offer of admission can be released. You are strongly encouraged to request the registrar of each institution attended to send transcripts directly to the University of Miami, RSMAS, Graduate Studies Office (address below). For any institution allowing electronic transfer of the official transcript, please use as the delivery address.
    • International applicants: while the online application will allow you to upload unofficial transcripts for review purposes, RSMAS must receive official transcripts before an offer of admission be released. All international applicants must follow the instructions provided by the Graduate School for submitting official transcripts. All transcripts should be sent to the RSMAS mailing address below. Please note that failure to comply with these instructions may cause significant delays in the review and processing of your application, and therefore also significant delays in the processing of your I-20.
  • Official GRE score report.
    • An official score of the Graduate Record Examination Test (GRE): must be submitted using institution code 7690 (there is no department code). The University of Miami requires a minimum score of 297 (total of verbal + quantitative) for acceptance into any Graduate School program. The Rosenstiel School does not have a minimum score requirement of its own (other than the UM minimum) for the verbal and quantitative sections, but most admitted applicants score approximately in the 80th percentile or better. In addition, applicants must have a minimum of 3.5 on the analytical writing section.
    • It is only recommended, not required, that applicants to the Graduate Program in Marine Biology and Ecology submit the score of the Subject Test in Biology.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score report (international applicants only).
    • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit official results of the Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL): using institution code 2919 or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) using institution code 4862. There is no department code for either score submission.
    • An exception to this rule is an international student who will have earned a US degree prior to enrollment at RSMAS. 
    • A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), 80 (iBT), or 6.5 for the IELTS is required for admission. 
  • Ph.D. applicants with a prior Master's degree.
    • Students applying to the Ph.D. program with a prior Master’s degree must include with their application an abstract of the thesis or reprints or manuscripts of scientific work. Applicants can email this to
  • Statement of Financial Responsibility.
    • The Statement of Financial Responsibility is only required for applicants who have already secured a non-University of Miami fellowship, scholarship, sponsorship or other funding to finance the degree. The completed Statement of Financial Responsibility and any supporting financial documents should be emailed directly to

Mailing Address:

University of Miami
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Graduate Studies Office S/A 130
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

Telephone: 305.421.4155
Facsimile: 305.421.4771