FAQ

Q1. What are the first steps I should take and how do I apply to RIPTIDES?

A1. Please follow the instructions on this page: https://riptides.sfsu.edu/admissions
 

Q2. I have a full-time job; is the RIPTIDES program the type of graduate training that I can do at night or on-line?

A2. The RIPTIDES program is an intensive Masters of Science training program designed to give trainees not only an interdisciplinary marine and estuarine research experience leading to writing a manuscript ready to publish in a peer-reviewed journal, but demands a full course-load and professional development internship along with required teaching experience all within a four-semester time period.  Due to the concentrated and condensed nature of the program the answer is NO, this is not a night-time or on-line type of MS program.
 

Q.3 I have yet to take the GRE.  Do I need to take the Biology GRE in addition to the regular GRE?

A3. You DO NOT have to take the Biology GRE.  You only need to take the regular GRE.
 

Q4. Is there anything special I need to put on any of the application materials pertaining to the $34,000 NRT fellowship for the RIPTIDES program?

A4. There is no extra fellowship paperwork or application, nor do you need to select anything or mention it in your application materials. Anyone that applies is eligible for being awarded the fellowship.
 

Q5. Regarding international applicants

A5. International applicants are eligible to attend RIPTIDES, yet are not eligible for the NRT fellowship or tuition.
 

Q6. Is the RIPTIDES program located on the SF State main campus in San Francisco?

A6. The RIPTIDES program is based at SF State's marine research facility called the the Estuary and Ocean Science (EOS) Center (formerly the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC)).
 

Q7. Is there an alternative to the GTA/TA requirement?

A7. YES. If you decide that being a GTA/TA is not for you, too time consuming, or doesn't line-up with your goals or schedule then you are allowed to enroll in a science education course called BIOL/SCI 750: Science Teaching for Scientists. To find out more about BIOL/SCI 750 go to the SEPAL website here: https://www.sfsusepal.org/courses/graduate/.