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Admission Requirements & Application Process

Admission to our graduate program is competitive and depends upon the undergraduate GPA (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) as well as relevant academic, research, teaching, and work experience conveyed through the statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation. The GRE General Test is not required for admission, but a student may choose to submit their exam scores to add to their overall application package. Graduate student stipends are provided via teaching assistantships and include a full tuition waiver. The MS 9-month stipend is $16,500, with additional funding ($3,600) for summer research available to MS students through the Adkins fellowship program. Teaching assistantships in the second year of the MS program are contingent upon success in the first year.  The PhD stipend is $25,000 for 12 months (again, support in years two-five is contingent upon success in the previous year).  We are especially keen to admit students who are interested in research so teaching assistantships are awarded preferentially to MS and PhD students over MA students.

If you are interested in our graduate programs, we strongly encourage you to browse the faculty webpages to learn more about our faculty and their research interests and then contact individual faculty members via email to inquire about research opportunities in their labs.

All application materials must be submitted online at the College of Science & Engineering. Full consideration for admission with financial aid will be given to applicants received by January 15th. Any students wishing to be considered AFTER the January 15th deadline should contact the Biology Graduate Program Director, Dr. Matt Hale (

Please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Director ( with additional questions about the program.