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
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.