Graduate Program


Admission Procedures and Standards

    Submit an Indiana State University application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, together with an official transcript from each school at which any undergraduate or graduate work has been done. Also submit a Biology Curriculum Vitae form. See the checklist provided.

    Contact a Biology faculty member, or affiliate member who, after interacting with you, will agree to be your dissertation advisor. This name must be indicated on the Departmental CV form.

    Submit scores on the General Tests of the Graduate Record Examinations. (See GRE or GMAT section of chapter concerning admissions.)

    Submit names of three persons from whom you have requested letters of recommendation. Letter writers should be clearly qualified to comment on the applicant's academic performance and scientific knowledge. Please use the recommendation form provided Recommendation form

    Be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies. In addition to meeting the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, applicants must be admitted to the Department of Biology. The following departmental guidelines indicate approximate minimum standards, but meeting these guidelines does not guarantee admission to the program.

    The average of three scores on the Graduate Record Examinations should ne near or above the 50th percentile on each exam. For individual tests, the 50% score is roughly 600 for the quantitative section, 500 for the verbal section of the GRE, and 4.0 for the analytical writing section; International students should have a score of 620 or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (a score of 260 or higher on the computer-based examination, or 105 on the iBT version);An overall undergraduate index of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale;

    A graduate index of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale (for students entering with advanced standing); and satisfactory references. A telephone or personal interview may be required to assess academic and English language preparation. A personal visit to our department is always a welcomed opportunity. Please contact the Department of Biology for more details.

    Applicants are expected to have completed an undergraduate major in biology, mathematics through calculus or statistics, one year of physics, and chemistry courses through organic chemistry. Applicants may be granted admission conditional on the removal of any deficiencies by taking the appropriate courses or directed study.

    Recommendations for admission are made by the Department of Biology to the School of Graduate Studies. Official notification of admission is sent to the student by the School of Graduate Studies.