Graduate Admissions

Competitive applications will have GPAs of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 grading scale), GRE percentile ranks on all 3 sections at the 60th percentile or higher, and for international students, TOEFL scores of at least 79, plus 21 on Writing and 19 on Reading. Students with M.S. degrees or prior research experience are given stronger consideration.

Utilize the resources on this page to learn more about application requirements and processes.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 admission is December 1, 2016. Most students start the program in the Fall.

If funding is available, Spring semester admission is possible, but unlikely.

Admission Criteria

Prospective students must have earned a B.S., B.A., or equivalent undergraduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education. Required academic preparation 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 Materials

Applications cannot be reviewed until all of the following required materials are submitted successfully online:

  • Online application
  • Application fee (cannot be waived)
  • Transcripts (either official or unofficial accepted)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general scores (Subject GRE test is not mandatory)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (International students only)
Application Process

All application materials must be uploaded directly to the ApplyYourself application system. Do NOT mail any paper documents to the Graduate School Admissions Office.

Print and utilize the Application Checklist to ensure that you complete your application correctly and completely. Make sure all materials are included before you submit. You will NOT be able to add or change any materials after you have submitted. If materials are forgotten, email for help.

Frequently Asked Questions

View FAQ for answers to the most commonly asked admissions questions.

Admission Decision

A decision on your application will be emailed to you after your application has been carefully reviewed by the admissions committee. See FAQ for admissions timeline.