Admissions Criteria

Admission to our graduate program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA above a 3.0 and GRE scores above the 70th percentile; however, our competitive applicants typically have higher grades and scores. In addition, most of our competitive applicants have participated in undergraduate research or have had work experience in a research environment.  Finally, our competitive applicants have demonstrated a passion and curiosity about biology and a willingness to work hard to achieve their goals. For international students, we adhere to the Graduate School’s requirements for unconditional admission: TOEFL scores above 80 (internet) or 550 (paper), or IELTS scores above 6.5.  Conditional admission for students with lower TOEFL/IELTS scores is a possibility for strong international applicants.

Final admissions decisions rely heavily on finding a “match” between a prospective applicant and a graduate advisor. Thus, meeting these suggested requirements is not a guarantee of admission, nor is failing to meet all of these requirements a complete barrier to admission. If you are interested in applying to our program, we encourage you to contact potential advisors about the possibility of joining their laboratories.  Tell these potential advisors about yourself (e.g. your research background and goals, your academic record, as well as any work experience you may have had), and ask if they are currently taking new students. Their interest in your candidacy is your best indication of whether or not you are likely to be admitted to our graduate program.

We look forward to receiving your application!