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Requirements for Admission

The Department of Biological Sciences offers all the benefits of an active research and training department. With a low graduate student-faculty ratio, we provide individualized attention to every student. Faculty advisors, assisted by our graduate coordinator, carefully guide and support our students through each phase of their graduate education.

February 1st is the official deadline for application for all Biological Sciences Ph.D. programs and for the M.S. program in Biological Sciences. However, on January 5, we will begin considering applicants on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. To maximize the chance of acceptance, admissions materials should arrive before January 1st.

Requirements for admission

To be admitted to graduate study in the Department of Biological Sciences, students must meet the following pre-requisites:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Calculus (one semester)
  • Organic Chemistry (two semesters with laboratory)
  • Physics (two semesters)
  • Genetics (one semester)
  • Cell Biology (one semester)
  • Research Experience (preferred but not required)

Applying for admissions

To begin the formal application process, please visit the Graduate School website where you may apply online or download application materials and apply by mail. We strongly advise that you apply online to ensure our rapid consideration of your application. The online application requires paying the $50 application fee by credit card.

Applications for admission to any of our graduate programs are considered on a rolling basis. Students normally matriculate in the Fall semester, though Spring admissions can be considered in extraordinary circumstances.

Please direct questions about the application process to:

Melody Wright, Graduate Program Coordinator

E-mail: biograd@umbc.edu

Phone: 410.455.3669

FAX: 410.455.3875

Application materials

  • Completed Graduate School application
  • Official transcripts from college-level institutions attended
  • Three letters from professional references
  • Statement of academic goals and research interests
  • Official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test
  • Official report of the GRE subject test in biology, chemistry, or molecular biology (recommended but not required)
  • Official report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from applicants whose native language is not English. A minimum score of 600 (paper) or 250 (computer-based) is required for admission