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Graduate Admission

For admission to the MS program in Biology you have to be admitted through the Graduate School application online process:

Applicants for a master’s degree program must:

A. Submit the completed application, along with the current non-refundable application fee by the admission deadline;

B. Provide an official transcript to document receipt of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (Applicants from non-accredited institutions see Applicants from Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions);

C. Have adequate preparation in the field of specialization;

D. If they hold teacher certification or have a statement of eligibility for certification, submit a copy of the current teaching certificate or statement of eligibility; and

E. Document qualifying standardized test scores and/or undergraduate GPAs as required in the programs to which they are applying.


In addition to the general admission requirements, the Department of Biology requires:

  1. Minimum undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  2. GRE general score (quantitative + verbal) ≥300 if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or  ≥1050 if taken prior to August 1, 2011, and analytical writing score of ≥3.5. If the GRE has not been taken previously, exam scores from the MCAT (≥24) or DAT (≥16) may be substituted.
  3. A biology graduate faculty member must be willing to serve as advisor before a student is admitted to the program.Three letters of reference are required for admission.
  4. As part of the graduate application, prospective students must include a statement of purpose, in which the applicant must specify the program to which they are applying, indicate their academic and career interests, and summarize relevant experiences.
  5. Exceptions to possessing a Biology degree may be made for students with undergraduate degrees in biology-related areas.


For further questions regarding:

  • Biology graduate program, please contact Dr. Carl Dick, Biology Graduate Program Coordinator, at or 270-745-3419. 
  • Biology on-line thesis graduate program, please contact Dr. Michael Collyer, On-line Non-Thesis Graduate Program Director, at or 270-745-8765.
  • Biology MAE program, please contact Dr. Cheryl Davis at or 270-745-6524.
  • Peace Corps Master's International Program, please contact Dr. Lawrence Alice at or 270-745-7029.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14