To expedite review of your application, you are encouraged to notify the Dean's office at firstname.lastname@example.org upon applying to any of our programs.
Applicants should also take an active role in contacting faculty member(s) who could potentially advise them, as well as make an effort to seek funding before applying. You must have an advisor to attend. The number of available teaching and research assistantships is limited, so to be considered, you must submit your applications before the deadline. Please contact us with any questions.
Students considering entry for the fall semester:
To be considered for fall admission, completed applications and all accompanying materials must be received no later than February 15. However, to ensure full consideration, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit completed applications by mid-December. Review of applications and assignment of assistantship funding typically begins in mid-January.
Students considering entry for the spring semester:
To be considered for spring admission, completed applications and all accompanying materials must be received no later than November 15. However, to ensure full consideration, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit completed applications by mid-September. Review of applications and assignment of assistantship funding typically begins in mid-October.
International applicants should contact the International Programs Office regarding application details and begin the application process ~2 months earlier to allow time for required visas.
For assistance with an application:
Susan Silva Voice: 508-910-6370 Fax: 508-910-8197
Successful applicants will generally have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree with a GPA of 3.00 or better.
They will also have:
- An undergraduate major in one of the basic scientific disciplines or engineering
- Or, will have strong multidisciplinary training with completion of at least six semesters of coursework in the natural sciences, generally to include biology, chemistry, and/or physics
- Preparation in mathematics at least through integral calculus is strongly encouraged
Students who do not meet these criteria need to identify a faculty advocate who must bring a request for exception before the Admissions Committee. At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, applicants may make up deficiencies in prior coursework either before or after admission is granted to IMS. Consideration will be on a case-by-case basis, and the recommendation of the committee will be forwarded to the SMAST Dean for approval.
Candidates may apply for admission at either the Masters or Doctoral level. Students admitted directly into the Doctoral Program are expected to have exceptional academic credentials and/or work experience. Students entering with a Bachelor’s degree may be required to complete the requirements of a Masters degree before admission to the Doctoral Program. Students entering with a Masters can be admitted at the Doctoral level provided the degree, coursework and research experience warrant such a decision by the Admissions Committee.
In addition to the basic standards, the Admissions Committee will evaluate applicants on a number of additional criteria. The following items must be submitted for consideration:
- The application for admission is available for completion on line or for download in PDF format. Alternatively, a paper version can be picked up or requested to be mailed. The application form must be filled out entirely.
- Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant's academic and/or work experience are required.
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework are required.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (sent directly from ETS) are recommended for PSM applicants and required of all others. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if the applicant is not a native English speaker. Typically, GREs should have a combined score of 1200 or greater. For the TOEFL, a minimum of 577 (233 on the computer based exam, 90-91 on the internet based exam) is highly recommended.
- Statements of interest and intent are also requested. The statement of interest should provide reviewers with an indication of your motivation for pursuing graduate work. The statement of intent should describe how graduate training would address your career goals.
Tuition, Fees, Expenses and Financial Aid
Stipend levels are flexible and competitive to accommodate a range of disciplines. Our stipend levels recognize your need for adequate support during your course of study.
All students receiving a stipend will also receive a tuition waiver, but not necessarily a fee waiver.
COAST PSM students are not generally eligible for stipends.