Admission to EEB is competitive. Out of approximately 100 applications per year, ~25 students are admitted, 25% of whom are international. The average GPA for the current incoming cohort is approximately 3.7 (on a 4.0 grading scale). Competitive applications will have GRE percentile ranks on all 3 sections at the 70th percentile or higher, and for international students, TOEFL scores of at least 79, plus 21 on Writing and 19 on Reading.
The application deadline for Fall 2017 admission is December 1, 2016.
Prospective students must have earned a B.S., B.A., or equivalent undergraduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education. Required academic preparation typically includes coursework in biology (plant and animal), genetics, chemistry (organic and inorganic), calculus (differential and integral), and physics. For students with demonstrated academic abilities, coursework deficiencies can be filled during the first year of graduate study.
Required documents for admission include:
- Online application
- Application fee (cannot be waived)
- Transcripts (either official or unofficial accepted)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general scores are required for admission, not application. (Subject GRE test is not mandatory)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (International students only)
All application materials must be uploaded directly to the ApplyYourself application system. Do NOT mail any paper documents to the Graduate School Admissions Office.
Utilize the Application Checklist to ensure that you complete your application correctly and completely. Make sure all materials are included before you submit.
Frequently Asked Questions
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A decision on your application will be emailed to you after your application has been carefully reviewed by the admissions committee. Financial assistance and admission notifications begin around mid-February.