The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree

Biological Sciences

Supported Degree Objectives


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master's Degree
  • Non Degree

Required Supporting Documents


  • Transcripts
  • 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.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Domestic Minumum Analytical Writing Required Score:
      • Thesis-Master's: 3.5
      • PhD: 3.5
    • International Minimum Analytical Writing Required Score:
      • Thesis-Master's: 4.5
      • PhD: 3.5
  • English Proficiency (Non-native English speaking international applicants: choose a test below)
    • TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (IBT): Minimum Overall Required Score: 107
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 22
        • Listening: 22
        • Speaking: 26
        • Writing: 24
    • TOEFL: Paper-Delivered Test: Minimum Overall Required Score: No minimum
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Writing: 18
    • IELTS (Academic Module): Minimum Overall Required Score: 7.5
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 6.5
        • Listening: 6.0
        • Speaking: 6.0
        • Writing: 5.5

Doctoral and Thesis-Master's Degree Program Requirements


  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    • 3.0 or equivalent

Application Deadlines


  • Fall Spring Summer
    December 7 No Entry No Entry

Program Contact Information


Additional Information


  • 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.
  • 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.

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