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How to Apply

After reading the information provided on these pages (and see below), prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact by email the Graduate Admissions Coordinator in the Department of Biology ( with additional questions about the program .

Apply to a Biology Graduate Program

In order to complete the application to the doctoral and MS thesis programs, applicants must identify a prospective graduate advisor with whom to conduct research and who is willing to support your application (applicants to the Master of Science non-thesis option will be assigned an advisor after admission); you should inform the Graduate Admissions Coordinator once you have identified a faculty advisor. Visit the Biology Faculty directory to learn more about faculty research; contact the faculty directly via email or telephone.

All applications go through the University's Graduate School. See the full list of application requirements for all graduate students on the Graduate School website. Note that there are also additional items you'll need to submit specifically for the biology graduate programs.

See the additional application materials for the master's in biology >>
See the additional application materials for the PhD in biology >>

Forms that prospective students need when applying to Graduate School>>

Applicants from the U.S.

For a full explanation of the application process for domestic applicants, download this letter from our graduate coordinator.

International Applicants

If you're an international student looking to apply to our biology graduate programs, there are additional materials you'll need and requirements you have to meet in order to be accepted to our master's or PhD programs.

For a full explanation of the application process for international applications, download the application information from our graduate coordinator.