Admission Criteria

The Admissions Committee reviews each prospective student’s entire application: Grade Point Average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement, undergraduate degree area, TOEFL score (if required), and previous research or work experience. Therefore, only complete applications will be considered. Admission decisions are made in the context of the laboratory space and resources available each year.

The Admissions Committee makes final admission decisions on all applications and does not determine admittance based solely upon GRE scores and GPA numbers. Therefore, the committee does not provide a minimum GRE or GPA for admission.

The Graduate Coordinator cannot predict admittance. The Admissions Committee will not decide admittance until receiving and reviewing all application materials.

Changes to the application documents will not be accepted after the December 1st deadline.

Recommended Prerequisite College-level Courses:

  • Calculus-based physics (two semesters)
  • Differential equations
  • Statistics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology (cell or molecular)
  • Physiology.


These courses are not required for admission, but taking them may help an applicant be more competitive during the admissions process. Also, students who have taken these courses may be more prepared for the graduate curriculum.


Ph.D. Applicants

Application Deadlines:

Applicants should possess a B.S. or B.A. degree in an area compatible with our program. An M.S. degree is not required. Admitted and enrolled Ph.D. students have the option of earning a coursework M.S. degree while working toward the Ph.D. degree. 

If you possess an M.S. degree, some of the courses from your M.S. program of work may count toward the Ph.D. degree program. Transfer credit will be determined and approved after admittance and enrollment in the program.


M.S. Applicants

Application Deadline:

The M.S. Program does not accept applications for Summer or Spring admission.

Applicants should possess a B.S. or B.A. degree in an area compatible with our program.

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Lacy White, Graduate Coordinator

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Andrew Dunn, Ph.D., Graduate Advisor, Professor


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