Ph.D. in Biological Sciences
Frequently Asked Questions

Is a M.S. degree necessary before I apply to the Ph.D. program?

  • No, a bachelors degree is required. Students interested in receiving a Ph.D. should apply directly to the Ph.D. program.

What are the Minimum application requirements / Pre-requisites?

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.0
  • PHD: Undergraduate preparation should preferably include (1) 18 credits in biology, (2) 2 courses in mathematics (at least 6 credits); (3) 2 courses in physics with laboratories (at least 6 credits); and (4) 4 courses in chemistry with laboratories of which 2 courses must be in organic chemistry with laboratories (at least 12 credits). For MCDN applicants should have taken Biochemistry and Genetics; for EEB, Ecology, genetics, evolution

What GRE scores are needed for graduate school?

  • Only the GRE General Test scores are required
  • Other tests such as GMATs or MCATs are not applicable or accepted.

What is the English Proficiency requirement for international students?

  • TOEFL is required of all International Students.
  • The Department's Graduate Admissions Committee will recommend Admission ONLY for students whose scores meet the following minimum TOEFL score:

    • A Student with a GRE Verbal score in at least the 60th percentile must have minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper) OR 250 (computer) OR 100 (iBT) OR 7.0 (IELTS).
    • A Student with a GRE Verbal score of 40th to 60th percentile must have a minimum TOEFL score of 620 (paper) OR 260 (computer) OR 105 (iBT) OR 7.5 (IELTS).
  • A student with a TOEFL score below 600 (paper)OR 250 (computer) OR 100 (iBT) or 7.0 IELTS is NOT eligible for a state-funded assistantship.

What are the GRE and TOEFL Codes for UAlbany Biology Department?

  • GRE institution code is 2532.
  • TOEFL institution code is the same, 2532.

How many credits are required to complete the doctoral program?

Can I transfer credits to your graduate program?

  • Yes. For the Ph.D. program, which is a 60 credit program, at least 50% of the program requirements must be completed while in residence.

How can I get an application?

How much is the application fee?

  • The current processing fee for MS and PhD applications is $75 and must be paid for an application to be considered complete and reviewed by the department. There is a fee of $20 to process applications for Non-Degree status. The fees are never waived.

What type of financial support is available?

  • Stipends for the first year of study in the PhD program are at a minimum of $20,000. Tuition scholarships are also available for these supported students. International graduate students must comply with the department English proficiency requirement to receive a teaching assistantship. M.S. students are awarded assistantships based on the availability of funds. See Financial Support for Biology Ph.D Students

What type of research is available?

  • Go to our Research Opportunities page to viewlabsi with openings for students. Also try selecting keywords that interest you and peruse the research interests of the Faculty.

How are Admissions Decisions made?

  • Once an application is complete [application form, fee paid, 3 letters of reference, all prior transcripts, statement of goals the file is transmitted to the department office.
  • The entire file and all required components are reviewed by a committee of faculty and a recommendation is sent forward to the University Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Students should expect at least 2 weeks for a file to be reviewed once the file is received in the department office.

Where do I submit my application?

What type of Housing is available?

  • On-campus apartments (
  • Off-campus apartments in a variety of urban, suburban and rural settings. This is the most popular choice for graduate students.

What are the deadlines for application?

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