Master of Science in Biology


Graduate students are actually admitted to the College of Graduate Studies to work on MS degree program in our department. Graduate Coordinator in our department review applications and make recommendations to the College of Graduate Studies regarding the admission of applicants to our department. In general, outstanding students with backgrounds in the biology are admitted directly into graduate program in Biology. Any necessary background courses in undergraduate science, mathematics and specialty areas can usually be completed as part of the graduate student program. 

Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application. For more information on applying to MS in Biology graduate program, visit the Graduate Admissions. Many questions regarding admissions details (where to send GRE scores, official transcripts, and more) can be answered there.

Admission Requirements

Full Admission:

1. Have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average between 2.3-2.59 and a minimum GRE composite (Q+V) score of 294.
2. Have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average between 2.6 and above or an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher for the last 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter credits) and a minimum GRE composite (Q+V) score of 284.
3. Your VITA to the department graduate coordinator.
4. Statement of research and academic interest areas to the department graduate coordinator, including academic background, professional goals, specific area of interest; Master’s degrees option (Courses-only or Thesis/Proejct options), and if for Thesis/Proejct options, faculty member contacted as prospective advisor.
5. Three letters of recommendation to the department graduate coordinator, from former professors if a recent graduate. One letter may be from an employer if employed for more than one year since graduation.

Please note for admission as Thesis or Project option, students is contingent upon acceptance by a graduate faculty advisor. Therefore, students must contact graduate faculty in advance to their application.

Full Admission with Stipulations:
Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university, but do not satisfy Full Admission Requirements, may be fully admitted with stipulations on a case by case basis. To be accepted in this status, a student’s credentials will have to be reviewed and accepted by the graduate program to which the student is applying and approved by the graduate dean. Students are fully admitted, but may have additional stipulations to be met during the course of their study. Stipulations will be specified in writing by the graduate program to which the students have been admitted. These stipulations must be satisfied within the period indicated by the admitting graduate program. Failure to satisfy stipulations may result in the student being dismissed from the program.

International students

We welcomes graduate students from universities all around the world. For international students, the College of Graduate Studies requires:
1. Acceptable TOEFL scores of at least 550 (paper -based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). Acceptable IELTS score at least 6. All international students are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS unless they qualify for a waiver.
2. A Visa Clearance Form and a Certificate of Financial Responsibility before a final admission decision can be made.

For more information about International Student Applicants, see International Applicants.

Graduate School application deadlines are as follows.  In most cases, applicants are advised to submit materials as early as possible.



International Students

June 1

October 1

US Students

July 1

November 1

Contact US

For additional information, contact the Graduate Coordinator Dr. Chang K. Sung ( or Department Chair Dr. Enrique Massa (

This page was last updated on: September 7, 2018