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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 uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

  • Transcripts
  • GRE Test - All applicants with a few exceptions* are required to submit GRE scores (General: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing sections).  Test applications are available from Educational Testing Services (ETS) and should be submitted by the students to ETS before he examination.  Applicants should request an official report of scores sent directly to Purdue University Northwest, Calumet Campus by the Educational Testing Service; our school code is #001638 for all standardized tests.  Scores more than 24 months old are not accepted.
    *As an alternative to the GRE scores, Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores may be used.
    *GRE scores are waived for applicants who:  1.) have received a B.S. degree in Life Sciences including biological sciences at any Purdue University campus with GPA > 3.25 in biology courses and all courses; 2.) are expecting a B.S. degree in Life Sciences from any Purdue University campus within a semester with GPA > 3.25 in biology courses and all courses; 3.) have completed at least two biology graduate level courses (> 6 credits) as a non-degree seeking student at Purdue University Northwest with GPA > 3.25; 4.) are biology majors at Purdue University Northwest and apply for 4+1 Biological Sciences Dual Degree Program. 
  • English Proficiency
  • Three (3) Recommendation letters
  • Statement of Purpose (one page)

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


Fall Spring Summer
U.S. residents and
other applicants in the U.S
August 15 December 15 May 15
Applicants outside the U.S. May 15 September 15 Not Accepted

Contact Information Mailing Address
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Phone: (219) 989-2404

Department of Biological Sciences
Purdue University Calumet
2200 169th St., Gyte 298
Hammond, IN 46323

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    For unconditional admission of continued enrollment to the MS in Biology degree program a B (3.0/4.0) or better grade point average in prior study is required.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Not specified, contact Dr. Evert Ting, Graduate Coordinator []
  • Students may be admitted with conditions of continued enrollment under the following three circumstances:
    1.) When the applicant's background shows some academic deficiency.
    2.) When the applicant's GPA at the institution from which he/she most recently graduated is lower than 3.0/4.0.  In addition, the Graduate School may place a condition on the amount of prior coursework available for use on a graduate plan of study.
    3.) When a required supporting document from the applicant is missing.  

International Applicant Requirements:

  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    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, but recommended

Effective for those seeking Spring 2019 admission and beyond:

TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:

Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 80 
With the following minimum section requirements: 
Reading: 19 
Listening: 14 
Speaking: 18 
Writing: 18

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 19
Listening: 14
Writing: 18

IELTS (Academic Module):
Minimum overall score required: 6.5
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 6.5
Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 6.0
Writing: 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE):
No longer accepted

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.

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