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Biological Sciences

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Biological Sciences.  It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the "Completing the Application" section of this page:

  • Transcripts - Biological Sciences will accept unofficial transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded through the online application system for review purposes.  You will only need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of Biological Sciences or if you are recommended for admission.
  • GRE Test
  • English Proficiency
  • Recommendation letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample - You may submit a research paper from a class or PDF of a publication. The faculty would like to view your writing skills.

Application Deadlines:  Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below. 

 

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen December 7 No Spring admissions No Entry
International December 7 No Spring admissions No Entry

 

Contact Information Send Supporting Documents To: (In order to expedite the processing of your application, we ask that you submit all supporting documents in one large envelope.) Web Sites of Interest

Name: Gina Rupp
Phone: (765) 494-8142
E-mail: ruppg@purdue.edu

Committee on Graduate and Advanced Studies
Department of Biological Sciences
Purdue University
915 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054
USA

Completing the application: We require all Master and Ph.D. applicants to complete the Biological Sciences Supplemental Form. This is in addition to the Statement of Purpose. The answers on the Biological Sciences Supplemental Form will weigh heavier in the review of your application than the Statement of Purpose.

When applying, you should apply for your ultimate degree goal. A Master's is not needed to apply to the Ph.D. program UNLESS the Bachelor's degree earned was a three-year program. If that is the case, the applicant must have completed or be in the final year of a two-year MS program when applying. The MS degree must be completed before classes would begin here in August of the year for which you are applying.

Current master's students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.

Thesis-Master Degree Program

Domestic Applicant Requirements – Thesis-Master Degree:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
       3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
       Required -- minimum Analytical Writing score of 3.5 

International Applicant Requirements – Thesis-Master Degree:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
       
    3.0 or equivalent required 
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
       
    Required -- minimum Analytical Writing score of 4.5
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
       Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 600
       Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 107
       With the following minimum section requirements:
        Reading: 22
        Listening: 22
        Speaking: 26
        Writing: 24                       
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
        An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 7.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
        An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 73 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers 
       
    Not required 

Doctoral Degree Program

Domestic & International Requirements – Ph.D.

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
       
    3.0 or equivalent required 
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
       
    Required -- minimum Analytical Writing score of 3.5
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
       Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 600
       Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 80
       With the following minimum section requirements:
        Reading: 19
        Listening: 16
        Speaking: 22
        Writing: 18                      
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
        An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
        An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers 
       
    Not required