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Graduate Admission

Admission requirements

The following requirements are expected of all applicants to the Department of Biology graduate degree programs:

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in one of the sciences. (Four year degree). International students with less than the U.S. equivalent of a four year degree that have taken additional coursework should contact a credentialing service to evaluate your credentials.
  • Acceptance by the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Department of Biology.
  • Acceptance by the Graduate School of the University.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, with a grade point average of at least 2.9 in the sciences.
  • Submission of test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (TOEFL scores required for international students). Specify institution code 1105 and department code 0203 to have your scores reported to the Department of Biology. General GRE required, no minimum score; TOEFL score requirements: Internet based test (iBT) 90; Paper based test (PBT) 577 minimum. The International English Language Testing System minimum acceptable score of 7.0. Official scores must be sent.

If a candidate does not meet the Departmental and University requirements for admission, the Graduate Admissions Committee may recommend that the student be accepted under a provisional status and specify the requirements for conversion of status to good standing.


Applications to the Department of Biology graduate degree programs may be submitted online at: Apply online through Hobsons.for additional information for prospective students please visit: School of Graduate Studies .

Application Deadlines

January 7: Fall admission, PhD and MS applicants

March 30: Fall admission, MS Biotechnology Applicants only (STEP) (no spring admissions permitted)

  • Your application is comprised of the following:
  • Part A application form
  • Part B application form
  • Statement of Objectives: 1–2 pages stating your purpose in undertaking graduate work and an explanation of your study and research interests as they relate to graduate study and professional goals within in the realm of the biology departments research programs. Identify specific faculty members that you feel most in line with your interests. Statements should be clear and concise (not general), program specific. Incorporating the faculty research into your statement is most helpful.
  • Official Academic Transcripts: All post-secondary educational institutions you have attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • $50.00 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Test Scores: GRE for all students; TOEFL for international students. (Institution code = 1105; department code = 0203). General GRE required.

For more information about the application process, please contact: Julia Brown @ or visit the School of Graduate Studies.

Students seeking admission into our PhD program must identify faculty of interest.

Financial Aid

The Department of Biology makes available financial support through teaching and research fellowships to PhD students. These cover twelve-month stipends and tuition costs. Graduate teaching fellows assist faculty in the undergraduate instructional program, normally satisfying PhD requirements for teaching performances. Research fellowships are funded by research grants and contracts awarded to faculty. Outstanding students are nominated for competitive national fellowships and graduate student awards. A limited number of tuition scholarships are available for full-time MS and PhD candidates.

Cost of Study: The cost per credit hour is $1608. Biology graduate students normally register for 9 hours per semester. The medical insurance fee for all students is estimated at $1616 per academic year (August 1–August 1).

Fellowships: Qualified pre-doctoral students are invited to apply for fellowships and traineeships that carry stipends of $20,000 for twelve months in 2013-14. Fellowships are renewable annually based on the availability of funds and satisfactory performance toward the degree. Fellowships and traineeships are competitive.

For more information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.