Admission Requirements

Successful applicants have strong undergraduate records in the biological or chemical sciences, and usually have research experience. Three general criteria are used to evaluate applicants: GPA, research experience, and letters of recommendation.  We are both selective and rigorous, but do not follow a cookie-cutter approach to finding the best students.  The desire to learn can be more important than experience, and each applicant is individually assessed for those qualities that are not contained in quantitative test scores. Are you creative? Are you curious and intuitive? Are you ready to devote yourself to research at the highest level? You may be someone we are looking for.

GRE scores are only required by the Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution Program, and are not required by any of the other Programs in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. International applicants whose native language is not English must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).