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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. Please send this and any extra materials to be a part of your application to
  5. Exceptions to possessing a Biology degree may be made for students with undergraduate degrees in biology-related areas.

Graduate Application Deadlines for the Master of Science in Biology Programs 

Semester Applying For

Preferred Date

Last Date


Fall Thesis

1 January

1 March

These dates assume that a thesis student is also applying for an assistantship.  Acceptance letters will be sent ca. 1 April.  Students submitting applications after preferred date are not guaranteed full consideration (consideration might depend on space availability).


Fall Non-thesis (online)

1 April

1 July

These dates assume no assistantship is sought.



1 October

1 December

It is rare that thesis students start in the Spring semester.  Assistantships are unlikely.



1 April

Depends on course start date

In general, only consider starting in the summer if you are applying for the non-thesis program.


The Master of Science in Biology Program admission dates are earlier than those posted by the Graduate School.  Our program has space limitations and must consider other factors, such as assistantships for thesis students.  The Graduate School deadlines are based merely on time to process applications.

 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 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 or 270-745-2043. 
  • Specific inquiries about the Biology non-thesis MS program, please contact Dr. Chandrakanth Emani, Biology Graduate Non-Thesis Program Director, at or (270) 852-6406.
  • Inquiries about online courses, please contact Dr. Chandrakanth Emani, Non-Thesis Graduate Program Director, at or (270) 852-6406.
  • 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 9/23/16