Graduate Admissions

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Application deadlines for our graduate programs are:

  • PhD Fall enrollment deadline: January 2.
  • MS Fall enrollment deadlines:  
    — January 2, early deadline for fellowship consideration.
    — April 2, final deadline.
  • BA/MS Fall graduate enrollment deadline:  January 8.
  • MA Spring enrollment deadline: December 31.
  • MA Fall enrollment deadline: July 30.

Applicants to the program submit the following:

  • Personal Statement (for instructions, see below under your program)
  • Transcripts from every college attended
  • The GRE is now optional for the PhD, MS, and MA programs.
  • Email addresses and contact information of three people who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.00. Fee waivers are available for Fall Masters applicants who have at least a 3.0 GPA. 

 International applicants also provide the following:

Use the link above to access our online application system. You begin the application by creating an account. Once created, you will be promoted to choose the application, select your term year and program. Please read the directions on your College of Arts and Sciences application carefully.

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS

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INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS

Special Instructions: PhD Program

Applications must be received by January 2 for full consideration for fellowships and assistantships.

The personal statement (750-1000 words) should discuss why you are interested in earning a PhD in Biology, what personal experiences have shaped this interest, and what research topics you would like to pursue for your PhD research project.  Please discuss faculty members with whom you would like to study and how their research intersects with your interests.

Special Instructions: MS Program

Applications must be received by January 2 to be considered for Department Teaching Fellowships and the University Schomburg Fellowship.  To be considered in the second round of review, applications must be received by April 2.

The personal statement (750-1000 words) should discuss why you are interested in earning an MS degree in Biology, what personal experiences have shaped this interest, and what research topics you would like to pursue for your MS research project.  Please discuss faculty members with whom you would like to study and how their research intersects with your interests.

Special Instructions: BA/MS Program

Applications must be received by January 8 to commence the graduate portion of the degree in the following fall semester.

To be eligible for the BA/MS program, applicants must be current UB juniors majoring in Biological Sciences with a GPA ≥ 3.2.  In addition, applicants should be on track to complete the five core biology courses (BIO 200, 201, 203, 205, 319) by the second semester of their junior year.

GRE scores are optional for the BA/MS program.

The personal statement (750-1000 words) should discuss why you are interested in earning this degree, what personal experiences have shaped this interest, and what research topics you would like to pursue for your MS research project.  Please discuss faculty members with whom you would like to study and how their research intersects with your interests.

Special Instructions: MA program

MA applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We accept applications until December 31 for the spring term, and July 31 for the fall term. Early submission may increase the chance of acceptance.

Standardized Test Scores, such as the MCAT, DAT, and GRE, are not required to apply to the MA program. We encourage students that have a weak transcript to submit test scores to demonstrate academic ability. (A weak undergraduate transcipt is GPA<3.0. Please contact Dr. Hoekstra for guidance on whether or not to submit test scores.

A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required, with a minimum of two coming from faculty members. Students are encouraged to obtain letters from science faculty if possible. Additional letters may be submitted as character references from employers, clinicians that you’ve shadowed under, volunteer coordinators, or any other non-family or friend that can inform the committee about your qualifications.

The Personal Statement (750-1,000 words) should discuss your ultimate career goals, your experiences that shaped this interest, and how the MA program will help you achieve these goals. If you feel as though your transcript is not a true reflection of your academic abilities, you should explain to the committee what hindered your success during your undergraduate studies, and explain why you think these events will no longer weigh you down. You should also discuss topics you would like to pursue as an MA project and why these topics are of interest to you.