1. Completed requirements for the bachelors degree in a college accredited be the proper regional accrediting associations.
2. A 2.80 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work.
3. Scores of at least 153 on the verbal and 146 on the quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are typical for applicants to the Master’s Program in Biology. For applicants who took the GRE General test prior to August 2011 scores of at least 500 on the verbal and 550 on the quantitative portions are typical. Lower scores will sometimes be considered, but the applicant will need strong evidence of ability to perform satisfactory graduate work. (GRE subject test in Biology is not required)
4. An undergraduate major or the equivalent appropriate to the proposed field of study. Adequately prepared applicants will typically have completed 24 hours of biology, 9 hours of mathematics, 16 hours of chemistry (including organic chemistry), and 8 hours of physics (or geological science).
5. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s potential to complete successful graduate work.
6. A statement of career goals to explain why you are interested in pursuing the degree and to explain your long term career plans.
7. Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify a thesis advisor and submit the name to the graduate program director prior to the application deadline.
*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service (www.naces.org)
Students who fail to meet one of the requirements 2-4 above may be admitted provisionally. To be converted to a regular status, provisional students must earn a “B” or higher in their first 6 hours of Biology graduate courses, approved by the Biology Program Director, with are least 3 hours at the 7000-level. BIOL 7890 (Directed Individual Study) or BIOL 7893 (Biological Problems) cannot be taken for these 6 hours. Students on the provisional status may not hold a graduate assistantship.