How to Start the Application Process
Students wishing to be admitted in the Master of Science in Biology program must have a faculty member from the Department of Biological Sciences agree to serve as their advisor should they be accepted to the program. Students are strongly encouraged to review the faculty research interests in the Department of Biological Sciences faculty directory. Applicants should contact (via email or phone) faculty with similar research interests to their own to discuss details of a program of study suitable to their interests and to determine if the faculty member is accepting new students and would be willing to serve as their advisor. Once a faculty member has agreed to be an applicant’s advisor, the student and the faculty member should inform the Graduate Coordinator and fill out and sign the Graduate Studies Advisor Agreement Form which will be submitted along with other application materials to the graduate school. Applications will not be considered complete unless this form is completed and included with the application materials.
Upon receipt of all application materials to the graduate school, the materials will be sent to the Department of Biological Sciences for evaluation. DO NOT SEND APPLICATION MATERIALS DIRECTLY TO THE DEPARTMENT.
Applicants should have an undergraduate major in an area of the biological sciences. Supporting courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics are recommended. Any deficiencies in a successful applicant’s undergraduate training will be specified by the department’s Graduate Affairs Committee at the time of admission. Graduate Record Exams are not required for admission into our program.
To be admitted into the M.S. degree program in biology, you must first apply online to the graduate school. All application materials must be on file with the EKU Graduate School to be considered for a graduate assistantship. Consideration of applications by the Graduate Affairs Committee will begin on February 1, with a rolling deadline for applications thereafter. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early to ensure full consideration for graduate assistantships. Please submit all required documentation which includes:
- Completed application form (must include a statement of personal and professional objectives)
- Payment of application fee
- GPA and official transcript(s)
- Three letters of recommendation
- The Departmental Experience and Essay Form
- The Graduate Studies Advisor Agreement Form
- All applicants must meet the general requirements established by the Office of Graduate Education and Research for clear admission. Final acceptance of an applicant is determined by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Department of Biological Sciences.