Admission Requirements

Apply to this program through a central application. Review the sections below before you begin.

Application deadlines

Program admission

  • Spring semester: January 11

  • Summer semester: June 7
  • Fall semester: August 16

Teaching assistantships

  • Fall semester: March 1

  • Spring semester: November 1

Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements

  1. The student must have a minimum of 24 undergraduate hours (or equivalent) in biology. In the case of a student whose preparation for formal graduate study is judged to be inadequate (including cognate areas such as chemistry, physics, or mathematics), a program of prerequisite course work may be outlined for the purpose of properly supplementing his/her preparation. Such courses will not be credited as course requirements for the degree.
  2. Candidates for admission to programs in biology are required to have a GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work and a 3.00 average in biology. A GPA of at least 3.00 is required to be considered for a graduate assistantship.
  3. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), General Test must be submitted.
  4. A statement of interest and three letters of reference are required for admission to the degree program.

Admission requirements for the Accelerated Master's option

Admission requirements for the Accelerated Master's option

  1. Junior standing, a GPA in biology of 3.25 or better and an overall GPA of 3.25 or better.
  2. Completion of BIO 121, BIO 122, BIO 235, BIO 369, BIO 310 or BIO 320 or BIO 361; CHM 201 and CHM 202 or CHM 342; MTH 138 or MTH 135 and MTH 181 with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better.
  3. Undergraduate laboratory or field research experience in residence in the Department of Biology with a supportive recommendation from the student’s undergraduate research advisor. [Note: undergraduate research experience at another university conducted in collaboration with Missouri State University Biology faculty may be considered.]
  4. GRE scores commensurate with the advanced standing of this option.
  5. Acceptance of applicant by a graduate faculty member who agrees to serve as the student’s graduate research advisor.
  6. Acceptance of the applicant by the graduate faculty in Biology under the accelerated masters option.

Tips for success

Program admission

  • Whether or not we have space in a particular research lab may affect your admission outcome. Contacting faculty, prior to them seeing your application file, can be to your benefit.

Teaching and research assistantships

  • The decision to award teaching assistantships is separate from that of admissions. 
  • Decisions on teaching assistantship are made primarily in March or April (for fall semesters) and in October or November (for spring semesters).
  • Research assistantships are decided directly by faculty that have advertised positions in their labs, which changes based on current external funding for a given faculty member.