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Biological Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: December 1

The Division of Biological Sciences actively recruits outstanding graduate students from both national and international pools. Selected candidates are interviewed. The best are admitted to the division for graduate study. We are interested in evidence of critical qualitative characteristics including: undergraduate research experiences and presentation of research results; ability to face and overcome obstacles; exceptional motivation, work ethic, intellectual vitality, initiative, creativity, critical thinking ability and leadership ability.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based10017171717
TOEFL Paper-based6005252N/A52
IELTS Academic76666

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Biological Sciences Program

  • Biological Sciences program application (built into the Graduate School application)
  • 3 Reference letters
  • Personal Statement
  • Statement of previous research or scholarly experience
  • Résumé