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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: http://www.wku.edu/graduate/.

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:

  • General inquiries about the Biology MS programs at WKU, please contact Dr. Carl Dick, Biology Graduate Program Coordinator and Thesis Program Director, at carl.dick@wku.edu or 270-745-3419. 
  • Specific inquiries about the Biology thesis MS program, please contact Dr. Carl Dick, Biology Graduate Program Coordinator and Thesis Program Director, at carl.dick@wku.edu or 270-745-2043. 
  • Specific inquiries about the Biology non-thesis MS program, please contact Dr. Michael Collyer, Biology Graduate Non-Thesis Program Director, at michael.collyer@wku.edu or 270-745-8765.
  • Inquiries about online courses, please contact Dr. Michael Collyer, Non-Thesis Graduate Program Director, at michael.collyer@wku.edu or 270-745-8765.
  • Biology MAE program, please contact Dr. Cheryl Davis at cheryl.davis@wku.edu or 270-745-6524.
  • Peace Corps Master's International Program, please contact Dr. Lawrence Alice at lawrence.alice@wku.edu or 270-745-7029.

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 Last Modified 12/3/14