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Admission to the Biology MS Program and Biology Education MS Program requires that applicants satisfy the minimum requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research. In addition, qualified applicants should satisfy the following three requirements for acceptance in the Biology MS Program. It is highly recommended that applicants identify and contact a potential research mentor prior to applying.
- Demonstrate proof of meeting the academic requirements for the program by satisfying ONE of the following criteria:
- Submit an official transcript signifying that you received a bachelor's degree in Biology or a closely related discipline with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 AND minimum Biology GPA of 3.0; OR
- Submit official transcripts showing that you possess a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than Biology but have satisfactorily completed one year of general biology for majors and one course at the 200-level or above in three of the following areas: Genetics, Ecology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Physiology (5 courses total). The minimum average GPA for these classes is 3.00; OR
- Submit your official scores for the Biology Subject GRE with an overall ranking in the 70th percentile, as a minimum; OR
- The graduate committee may consider applicants, who do not meet criteria a-c, on an individual basis with the support of a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences.
- Submit a letter describing your interest in our Biology MS program. This letter should succinctly identify your career goals, your research interests, and identify the faculty member(s) with whom you are most interested in pursuing a thesis research project.
International students from a country where English is not the primary language must submit an official internet-based TOEFL (iBT) score with minimum scores of:• 26 in the speaking component, and• 24 in the writing component, and• 22 in the reading component, and• 22 in the listening component.
- Similar scores from an equivalent English-language competency exam can also be considered.
Students who do not meet the admission requirements, or that do not have an equivalency (a grade of "C" or better) in the core courses required for admission, have a scholastic deficiency (listed on your acceptance letter). Deficiencies can be corrected by:
- Formal coursework, OR
- Approved examination (with a grade of "C" or better) given by the instructor responsible for the course related to the deficiency.
Undergraduate courses taken to correct a deficiency will not count toward the graduate degree.
Any graduate course designated as a deficiency may be applied toward the graduate degree, provided it is first approved by the student's advisor, the Biology Graduate Committee, and the Biology Department Chairperson.
How To Apply
The following materials must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies:
- completed online application for graduate study.
- official transcript(s) from your degree-granting institution(s)
- a completed immunization form
- to satisfy the admission requirements for our department, interested students must include a letter describing your interest in the graduate program that you are applying for, which could be either Biology MS, Biology Education MS, or Environmental Science MS. This letter should explicitly identify your career goals, your research interests, and identify the faculty member(s) with whom you are most interested in pursuing a thesis research project.
- International students from a country where English is not the primary language must submit an official internet-based TOEFL (iBT) score which satisfies our departments' minimum score requirements.
- a $40 fee is required of applicants applying to a degree program.
If an Assistantship is desired, go to the Graduate Student Assistantships page for information.
Questions regarding Graduate School and/or Assistantship Requirements can be referenced at the College of Graduate Studies
Questions regarding your application or qualifications can be discussed with the department's Graduate Coordinator.