The Biology Master's program

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
What GRE scores are needed for graduate school?
  • Only the GRE General Test scores are required
  • You are unlikely to be admitted with scores below the 50th percentile
  • Other tests such as GMATs or MCATs are not applicable or accepted.Answer to Question #3
What is the English Proficiency Requirement for International Students?
  • TOEFL is required of all International Students
  • The Department maintains specific English proficiency standards for the support of international students who are accepted into our graduate program as follows:
  • Students are eligible for teaching assistantships with a TOEFL of 600-619 (paper) or 250-260 (computer) AND a GRE Verbal greater than or = to 60%
  • Students are eligible for teaching assistantships with TOEFL above 620 (paper) OR 260 (computer) AND a GRE Verbal greater than or = to 40%
  • Students are usually required to provide their own support with a TOEFL below: 600 (paper) OR 250 (computer); the UALBANY TOEFL minimum is: 550 (paper) OR 213 (computer).
What are the GRE and TOEFL Codes for UAlbany Biology Department?
  • GRE institution code is 2532.
  • TOEFL institution code is the same, 2532.
What Undergraduate or Graduate GPA should I have to apply to the MS program?
How many credits are required to complete the master's program in Biology?
  A total of 30 credits are required for the master's program.
Can I transfer credits to your graduate program?
  Yes. For the M.S. program only 6 credits can transfer and the decision is made upon admission to the program.
How can I get an application?
  All applications are handled by the Office of Graduate Education. See Step-by-Step Instructions to Apply at All applications must be submitted online.
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. The fees are never waived.
What type of financial support is available?
  No financial assistance is typically available for students seeking a Master’s Degree in Biology at the University at Albany.
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?
  See Step-by-Step Instructions to Apply at All applications for graduate programs at the University at Albany are submitted online. DO NOT submit materials to the department office. This will significantly delay review of your file.
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?
  Deadlines and requirements for applications vary by the master's program and are available at these University links:
I would like to visit to the department. Whom do I contact?
  Admissions Committee Chairperson Melinda Larsen