This application applies to prospective graduate students interested in the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior; Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology; and Microbiology Ph.D. programs.
How to apply
December 1 (domestic and international applicants)
Minimum entrance requirements include an undergraduate major in one of the biological sciences or in a related field (such as chemistry, physics, or mathematics). Applicants should have a general background in biology or a related science, including laboratory experience. Undergraduate course work in chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, and/or physical sciences is desirable. We require official undergraduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation. (We do not require the Graduate Record Examination [GRE].) Prospective applicants should feel free to inquire about possible exceptions to these requirements. A unique academic background may be an asset, and deficiencies can be made up early in the graduate program.
A complete application includes:
Application form submitted through the online application system of the University Graduate School
Prospective Graduate Student Data Sheet—This departmental pre-application can be completed prior to or at the same time you submit the University Graduate School application.
Official transcripts (electronic or hard copies) issued and sent directly from all undergraduate and master’s programs (if applicable) institutions attended. Transcripts issued to applicants and forwarded to our office are not considered official.
U.S. applicants should have transcripts sent to:
Biology Graduate Office
Myers Hall Room 150
915 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7107
International applicants should submit transcripts to:
Office of International Services
400 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405 U.S.A.
Three letters of recommendation. Be sure to contact your recommenders in advance so that they have time to write and submit their letters by the application deadline.
A 300- to 500-word statement of purpose regarding your current and future research interests, your goals, plans for your professional career, and reasons for selecting your field of study.
A list stating your teaching, research, and/or industrial experiences; a list of publications, if available; and any college or professional honors and awards. This information may be provided in a resume or CV. (May be placed at the beginning of your statement of purpose.)
Official results of the TOEFL Examination (international students only). Scores must be no older than two years old. Institution code is 1324; department code is 99.
All required admission and financial aid documents (such as letters of recommendation) should be sent directly to the Graduate Program Office by the deadline.
There is an application fee of $60 for U.S. citizens ($65 for international applicants). The University Graduate School participates in several programs designed to expand participation of underrepresented minority groups in graduate education. Prospective student applicants who apply through one of four programs can receive an application fee waiver from the University Graduate School. The programs are (1) Project 1000, (2) McNair Graduate Fellowship Program, (3) Big Ten Academic Alliance (waiver application), and (4) National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC).
Option 1: Online application system through the University Graduate School. All forms are completed online. Select "Admissions" from the menu on the graduate school page and follow the link for applying online.
Option 2: If you do not have ready access to the web, or have trouble downloading the necessary forms, please contact Mary White Wolf, Biology's advisor for graduate affairs at:
Biology Graduate Office
Myers Hall 150
915 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7107 U.S.A.
We welcome inquiries about our graduate program. All inquiries concerning the features of the various programs in Biology or the status of an application should be directed to the phone number, email, or mail address shown above. Inquiries about a specific research program carried out by an individual faculty member should be sent directly to that faculty member.
Note that admission decisions are made by a committee and it is not possible for an individual faculty member to accept an applicant directly. A student must first be admitted by the admissions committee.
All applications are reviewed by a faculty committee in the program of interest and also at the departmental level. Our goal is to select students with the motivation and creativity to advance the field of biology. To do this we consider all aspects of the candidate's record and application: GPA, letters of recommendation, personal statement, research experience, and accomplishments. In the evaluation of an undergraduate's transcript, particular attention is given to experience in laboratory courses and science courses. The admissions committee also makes decisions about the type of financial support awarded to the applicant. Applicants who are accepted into the program must respond no later than April 15 to the offer of admittance. After the deadline, promise of support can no longer be guaranteed.