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Admission Requirements & Application Process

Admission to the Biology MS and MA graduate program is competitive and depends upon the undergraduate GPA (3.0 or higher), statement of purpose, relevant academic, research and work experience, and 3 letters of recommendation. Due to Covid-19, the GRE General Test is no longer required for admission, but a student may choose to submit their exam scores to add to their overall application package.

We currently have ~15 funded graduate student teaching assistant positions for masters-level students and the financial aid package includes a full tuition award plus a 9-month stipend of $16,500 for two years (support in the second year is contingent upon success in the first year). We are especially keen to admit students who are interested in completing an MS thesis research project with one of our faculty members, and therefore give priority consideration for financial aid to students applying to the MS program rather than the MA. In any given year, we may have between 5 and 8 open positions to fund incoming graduate students.

If you are interested in the MS program, 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.

Admission to the Ph.D. program is restricted to students who have completed the MS degree under the supervision of a faculty member in the Biology Department. Additional requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program include: graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, 12 hours of graduate course work in Biology, evidence of research productivity (peer-reviewed publications or abstracts and presentations at scientific meetings, evidence of teaching effectiveness as a TA in Biology undergraduate courses at TCU, statement of purpose that addresses both research and teaching interests, and 2 letters of recommendation. We currently have 3 funded positions (2 teaching assistantships and 1 fellowship) for Ph.D. students.

All application materials must be submitted online at the College of Science & Engineering. For maximal consideration for financial aid to begin the program in Spring 2021, please have your application materials submitted by October 1, 2020. For maximal consideration for financial aid to begin the program in Fall 2021, please have your application materials submitted by January 1, 2021.

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