The following requirements are expected of all applicants to the Department of Biology graduate degree programs:
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 School of Graduate Studies .
January 7: Fall admission, PhD and MS applicants
March 30: Fall admission, MS Biotechnology Applicants only (STEP) (no spring admissions permitted)
Students seeking admission into our PhD program must identify faculty of interest.
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 $1487. Biology graduate students normally register for 9 hours per semester. The medical insurance fee for all students is estimated at $1452 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 2011-12. 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.