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Application Requirements

Although Biology graduate students typically have an undergraduate degree in biology, we encourage persons from other disciplines with a strong biology emphasis and interest to apply. In any of the programs, a strong applicant will have a solid knowledge of chemistry, physics and biology (e.g. cellular, molecular, evolutionary and organismal). Before applying to the programs, it is highly recommended that you contact the Biology faculty member(s) with whom you are interested in studying to discuss project possibilities. 

Application includes:

  • Official transcripts
  • GRE General Test Scores (the Biology subject test is recommended but not required)
  • TOEFL for non-native English language speakers
  • CV/Resume
  • Statement of Purpose indicating your specific biological interests and goals, reasons for applying to the program, and the Biology faculty member(s) with whom you are interested in studying. (1-2 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application fee

Financial Support

  • Some faculty members are able to offer Research Assistantships, depending on their current funding. Please consult with the faculty member.
  • A limited number of Teaching Assistantships are also available. To be considered for a Teaching Assistantship, all completed application materials must be received by the Office of Graduate Studies no later than January 15th.

Summary of degree requirements for the Biology/Marine Biology MS Programs

Students must complete 30 semester credits as follows:

  • 15 (minimum) are from graduate courses numbered 500 or above
  • 6 (maximum) may be from courses numbered 400 or above
  • 1 credit (required) of BIO 525 (Graduate Student Seminar)
  • 10 (maximum) are of thesis-related research (BIO 599)

A minimum 3.0 grade point average must be maintained.  At the conclusion of study, the student must present a written thesis of original and independent research, and defend it in an oral examination.

For more information

Dr. Whitney Hable
Graduate Program Director

Questions about credentials?
508.999.8604 voice
508.999.8183 fax

Applications may be submitted:
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By mail to: Office of Graduate Studies, UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth, MA 02747