Undergraduate training in one of the natural or
physical sciences is required. It is also desirable that students have
had at least a year of calculus, as well as courses in organic and
physical chemistry, physics, genetics, biochemistry, and cell biology.
Some deficiencies in this background may be made up while in graduate
The general GRE (Graduate Record
Examination) is required. A GRE Subject Test in biology, biochemistry,
chemistry, computer science, or physics, is strongly recommended. The
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is also required for
international applicants whose native language is not English. The
minimum score TOEFL required is 250 (CBT) or 600 (PBT) or 100 (IBT).
International students who receive a bachelor's degree in the U.S.A. may
be exempted from the TOEFL test requirement.
Beginning on December 1, the Department of Biological Sciences will
evaluate applications to the Ph.D. program in the order in which they
were submitted. All applications submitted prior to the final deadline
(Monday, January 4, 2016) will be evaluated, but applicants submitting
their applications earlier are more likely to be invited to the
recruitment Open Houses. The first of these will take place in late
January, the second in early March.
We do not admit students for the spring term.
Acceptance to the program is determined
by a student's academic background as well as consideration of prior
research experience, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. Tuition,
fees and a generous stipend are paid for all graduate students accepted
to the program.