Admissions into the MS/PhD programs are for Fall semester only.
*** A FREE APPLICATION WEEK will be offered this fall that will BEGIN Friday, October 22 and END Monday, November 1. Applicants need to only submit the online application portion during this week to take advantage of the automatic fee waiver. You may return to your application portal at a later time to submit supporting documentation (e.g., goal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts). ***
MS/PhD Admission Requirements
- Official Transcripts
- GRE scores ***THE GRE REQUIREMENT IS CURRENTLY WAIVED***
- Bachelor’s degree from accredited college/university
- Personal Statement
- Letters of Recommendation (minimum 3)
- English Proficiency (if educated outside the United States)
- GPA average for accepted students 3.5
- Minimum GPA 3.0 required; no conditional admission given
- Solid science background with at least 18 credits of Biology
- Clearly explain in their personal statement why they wish to pursue a MS or PhD in Biology, a description of their research experience and outline their research interests and long-term goals. Students should identify 3-5 faculty who they are interested in working with based on their and the faculty’s research interests. Faculty research interests can be found on the program webpages.
- Meets English proficiency requirement (or eligible for an English language proficiency waiver). CHECK ELIGIBILITY FOR AN ENGLISH PROFICIENCY WAIVER
- 94 TOEFL-internet
- 587 TOEFL-paper
- 7.0 IELTS
- 82 MELAB
- 65 PTE
- 120 Duolingo English Test (DET)
Admission Timeline for Fall Admission
- Applications begin to be accepted August 8th.
- Application deadlines are December 5th for international students and December 15th for domestic students.
- Applications reviewed in January. Applications must be complete at time of review for assistantship consideration.
- Top applicants interviewed February-March.
- Final decisions made March-April.
Admissions into our MS and PhD programs are competitive; thus we do not offer "conditional" admission. These programs are full-time so graduate assistantships are awarded to all admitted MS/PhD students in the form of teaching or research assistantships. Applicants do NOT need to apply separately for an assistantship.
Departmental teaching/research assistantships include:
- A full tuition waiver
- Annual stipend
- Money towards the purchase of health insurance
Additional financial support includes:
- Travel money to conferences
- Graduate Student Senate research awards
- Opportunities to apply for additional graduate student awards/endowments/fellowships
Additional training includes:
- Research Ethics
- Professional Writing Course
- Departmental Seminars Series
- Program Journal Clubs
- Training in use of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities
- Workshops in professional skills and careers