Apply to the MPS Program (Scroll down for Summer Course Application Details)
An application to the MPS program consists of the following (Fall & Spring admissions only):
- Online CollegeNet application
- Transcripts from all institutions in which a degree(s) was awarded and a transcript evaluation (for non-U.S. academic institutions)
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
- Three letters of recommendation
- TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international applicants)
Unofficial transcripts and test scores are accepted for review purposes only. Track Leaders (faculty) can use unofficial records to review an applicant's file and expedite this process. Please be aware, international applicants must submit official transcripts if he/she is enrolled in a non-U.S. academic institution, or received his/her degree(s) from an institution outside of the U.S. If applicable, applicants must submit all outside official transcripts and copy of diploma(s) to an education credentials evaluation service (see Approved Evaluation Services below). Applicants must request a course-by-course evaluation with degree equivalency and Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation. Official academic transcripts, diplomas, English-translations, and results of the evaluation from the evaluation service provider must be submitted to the MPS Office firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more in our Transcripts section below. Read below about unofficial GRE and TOELF/IELTS scores
An file is considered "ready for review" upon receipt of all items listed above. If admission to the MPS program is granted, it will be contingent upon receipt of all items listed above (including official records transcripts and test scores) and the following for international applicants:
- Statement of Financial Responsibility Form (SFR) and corresponding bank letter
- Color copy of current visa (if available)
- Color copy of passport
- Copy of diploma and certified English translation
Permanent Residents must provide a color copy of his/her Permanent Resident card.
Decisions on admission are announced on a rolling basis through July 15th, 2018. Undergraduate scholastic performance, previous work experience, Graduate Record Examination scores, TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable), and the letters of recommendation are all considered in evaluating an applicant.
Applications for Fall 2018 Admissions:
- November 15th, 2017 - July 23rd, 2018 (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents)
- November 15th, 2017 - June 1st, 2018 (International Applicants)
Applications for Spring 2019 Admissions:
- Now - November 15th, 2018 (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents)
- Now - October 31st, 2018 (International Applicants)
Application: The application is available online and must be submitted via the CollegeNet online portal. There is a non-refundable application fee of $85.00 USD. The University does not have a fee waiver policy unless you are a full-time UM employee (with benefits). When submitting the application online, you will be required to make a payment via a credit card or a checking account debit transaction.
Personal Statement: Please make sure you address your track of choice, and all relevant field, lab, and work experience (past and present) in your personal statement, as well as how you envision the MPS program contributing to your professional career and goals.
Transcripts: Please make sure you possess the required undergraduate coursework and/or degree before applying.Applicants must request transcripts from all academic institutions from which credits were awarded, including all study abroad and community colleges. Official transcripts must be mailed or e-mailed directly from the relevant academic institution (Office of the Registrar) to the MPS Office. Our email is email@example.com. Scroll down to see our mailing address or visit our Contact Us page. Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts for review purposes only. If an applicant is not able to submit an official or unofficial transcript with his/her application, the applicant may submit transcripts via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised, official transcripts will only be accepted if they are sent to us directly from the academic institution. Transcripts sent by you or issued to you (even if they are in a sealed envelope) are not considered official and will not be accepted.
International applicants in a degree seeking program or applicants who have received a degree from a college/university outside of the United States: All graduate applicants who have received degrees or are currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program from a college or university outside the United States (except applicants to Law* and Nursing**) must submit official transcripts and diplomas (if available) from all colleges and universities attended to one of the three approved evaluation services listed below. Transcripts in a language other than English must be provided in that language and must be accompanied by a certified English translation. International applicants must also submit a copy of his/her diploma in the official language of the country from which the degree was awarded and provide a certified English translation of the diploma. Follow the specific instructions of the selected evaluation service to request a course-by-course evaluation with degree equivalency and grade point average (GPA) calculation. Applicants must request that the evaluation report and copy of all the official documents used in the evaluation are sent directly from one of the three approved evaluation services to the MPS Office email@example.com . The evaluation report and supporting documents are required before Track Leaders can review an applicant's file. Any documents received by the University will become the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant or sent to a third party including the evaluation services.
APPROVED EVALUATION SERVICES:
- Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A)
- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
- World Education Services (WES)
Students from China must request their official transcripts and diplomas (in English and Chinese) be sent directly to us by China Academic Degrees and the Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) ( http://cqv.chinadegrees.cn/ )
Students from India must submit a copy of their diploma and request mark-sheets, indicating all subjects taken and marks obtained for all years of university study, issued by the university responsible for conducting the examinations (excluding the Indian Institute of Technology).
Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required for admissions consideration. Each applicant must request letters of recommendation from three (3) different references using the guidelines provided in the online application. Applications from CollegeNet may be submitted without letters of recommendation. However, an applicant’s file will not be reviewed by Track Leaders until all required admissions materials (including letters of recommendation) have been received by the MPS Office. Upon completion of the application, your references should receive an e-mail from CollegeNet, requesting the online submission of the required documentation (questionnaire + letter of recommendation).
Academic references are ideal and highly preferred, but we will accept letters from employers and/or supervisors. Please do not request letters from friends, family, ministers, or coaches. If your references have trouble using the online submission portal, they may e-mail their letters (signed and on letterhead) to the MPS office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot accept letters that are not signed. Letters sent by the applicant or forwarded to the MPS Office by the applicant will not be accepted.
GRE: We must receive your official Graduate Record Examination Test (GRE - http://www.ets.org/gre) scores directly from ETS. Please use institution code 7690 (department code) when submitting your request with ETS. This code indicates delivery of test scores to the RSMAS campus, home of the MPS Office. Unofficial GRE scores are accepted for review purposes only. If an offer of admission is granted, it will be contingent upon receipt of official records. Applicants may download a copy of test scores directly from the ETS website and email that to email@example.com. Scores download from the ETS website are self-reported and therefore considered "unofficial." We require a minimum, combined score of 297 (Verbal + Quantitative only) to be considered for our program. Applicants must also complete the Analytical Writing section of the GRE. However, the Analytical Writing score will not be calculated into your combined score, nor will it be used for tuition waiver eligibility. To learn about our merit-based partial tuition waivers, please visit our Financing Your Education page.
TOEFL/IELTS (International Students ONLY): International applicants whose native language is not English must submit the official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL - http://www.ets.org/toefl/) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS - http://www.ielts.org/). A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), 80 (iBT), or 6.5 for the IELTS is required for admission. Please use institution code 2919 (no department code). This institution code is for the TOEFL only; please note that the GRE institution code is different (see above). Applicants may download a copy of TOEFL test scores directly from the ETS website and email that to firstname.lastname@example.org. Scores download from the ETS website are self-reported and therefore considered "unofficial."
The exception to the TOEFL/IELTS requirement applies to international students earning a degree, or who has completed a substantial amount of coursework, at a North American University.
Visa/I-20 Requirements (International Students ONLY): If accepted to the MPS program, international applicants must submit a color copy of his/her passport and/or current visa (if available). This is required for processing or updating student visas . Therefore, on the application, please type in your name as it appears on your passport.
MPS Summer Field Courses
- Ecology, Conservation, and Ecotourism in the Galapagos (MBE 643) - Applications accepted until May 1st
- Tropical Marine Biology: A Field Course (MBE 614) - Applications accepted until May 15th
An application to summer field course(s) consists of the following:
- Online CollegeNet application ($85.00 USD fee)
- Transcripts from all institutions in which a degree(s) was awarded (digital transcripts accepted)
- If applicable: Color copy of Passport and/or Permanent Resident card
- If applicable: Transcript evaluation for degrees from non-U.S. academic institutions. Applicants must request a course-by-course evaluation with degree equivalency and Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation. See full details in the "Transcripts" section above.
Applicants interested in enrolling in Ecology, Conservation, and Ecotourism in the Galapagos and/or Tropical Marine Biology: A Field Course (3 graduate-level credits each) must submit an application to the Master of Professional Science (MPS) program. Upon receipt of the documents listed above, your file will be submitted for review. Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts for review purposes only; send to email@example.com. Read more about transcripts above. Admissions are announced on a rolling basis via email until May 1st. If an offer of admission is granted, it will be contingent upon receipt of official transcripts. Applicants admitted to the course(s) are matriculated to the University of Miami's Graduate School, enrolled in the course(s), and granted a conditional-acceptance to the MPS program. The application fee will be deducted from the course fee for those who matriculate. The processing of visa documents (Ecology, Conservation, and Ecotourism in the Galapagos) will be performed by International Outreach Initiative (IOI). Summer course inquires should be directed to course instructor and MPS Director, Dr. Evan D'Alessandro Edalessandro@rsmas.miami.edu +1 (305) 421-4611. Conditional summer acceptance limits enrollment to Ecology, Conservation, and Ecotourism in the Galapagos and/or Tropical Marine Biology: A Field Course only. To be considered for full-admission to the MPS program, please submit the required documents listed at the top of the page for Fall & Spring admissions.
MPS Mailing Address:
University of Miami
RSMAS Campus, MPS Office, Room S/A 132
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
Phone: (305) 421-4340
Fax: (305) 421-4246