Graduate Program Admissions
For full consideration, applications need to be submitted by January 1st.
Successful applications typically have:
- Combined GRE General Test score of 1200 (old GRE) or 308 (new GRE) or greater (Verbal and Quantitative).
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or greater (on a 4.00 scale).
- Experience in conducting independent research.
Selected candidates residing in the U.S. will be invited for an interview weekend in February, at the expense of the Department of Biology. U.S. applicants may be notified about acceptance and financial support at any time, typically by April 1st. International applicants may be notified as late as May 15th. Offers made by April 1st require students to notify the Department of their decision by April 15th.
All Ph.D. students in the department are guaranteed full financial support, provided they make satisfactory progress toward
their degree. Students are expected to complete a Ph.D. program in four to six years. Compensation in 2012-2013 include a:
- Graduate stipend of approximately $25,500 for 12 months per year,
- Full-Tuition Scholarship,
- Low-cost health insurance plans
Ph.D. students are fully supported by a combination of Fellowships, Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships.
Graduate Program Application Process
For Ph.D. Program applicants:
As an auxiliary to our on-line application, we ask that you complete the
Graduate Information Form (pre-application), and then go to the on-line
application at our Centralized Application System (see Step 2). The auxiliary information page is critical for us to
provide you with more information about our program and the status of your application.
After submitting the Graduate Information Form (pre-application) above, click here to complete the
Alternatively, click here to download a paper-version of the
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NOTE: Be sure to enter "Department of Biology" in Question B.3 "List your intended department or
graduate program of study", and enter "02A" for the "Program Code". This will ensure your application's safe routing
to the Department of Biology.
Fill out additional forms for admission:
For MS Program applicants only:
The application fee ($60 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents) can be waived for Ph.D. students who meet the appropriate
criteria and/or for those to whom the fee would a financial hardship. One method is to request an application fee waiver prior to application. The other is to seek reimbursement from
the Department after applying.
Click here to download the Application Fee Waiver Request Form
Limited to the first 100 domestic requests. For more information, contact Phil Ecklund (Graduate Advisor) at firstname.lastname@example.org