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Application and Admission Process

Applicants who satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School will be considered for admission to the Master's program in Biological Sciences.  Application deadlines are typically one month prior to the start of the semester for which the prospective student is applying, but applicants wishing to receive full consideration for a teaching or research assistantship should apply by March 15th for fall admission and October 1st for spring admission.  The application process includes completing an online application to the SIUE Graduate School, submitting all required documents, and finding a faculty member in Biological Sciences who is willing to act as mentor.

In order to apply for admission to the Master's program in Biological Sciences, you must complete ALL of the items on the following checklist:

o Complete the appropriate online application at the Graduate School application website

o Pay the $30 application fee

o Submit a Personal Statement/Letter

The letter should summarize the applicant's preparation and experience leading to the undertaking of a Master's program of study at SIUE, and outline the applicant's academic and career goals, highlighting the role that a Master's degree in Biological Sciences at SIUE will serve in meeting those goals.

o Submit Official Academic Transcripts

The applicant should ask the universities or colleges to mail the official transcripts directly to SIUE Graduate Admissions (address below).  Students accepted into the Biological Sciences graduate program are expected to have completed course work equivalent to the requirements for the SIUE undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences.  If not, they will be expected to resolve any deficiencies by completing additional course work beyond that required for the graduate degree.  Upon admission to the program, the student shall consult with his or her mentor to review the student’s academic record, and develop a plan of course study that will address any perceived academic deficiencies.

o Submit at Least Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

These letters will preferably be from professors, instructors and/or individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic and professional preparation for undertaking a Master's program in the Biological Sciences.  The applicant should ask the references to mail their letters directly to SIUE Graduate Admissions (address below).

o Submit Official GRE Test Scores (if required)

GRE scores are only required if the applicant has a cumulative undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 (out of 4.0).

o Find a Faculty Mentor

Applicants will not be accepted into the Master's program in Biological Sciences until a faculty member in the department has agreed to act as mentor. It is the responsibility of the applicant to identify a mentor that would be a good fit for their research interests, and to contact that faculty member about becoming the applicant’s mentor.

Applicants can access a list of the faculty, with contact information and research interests, by clicking here. Applicants should review the information on the webpage and select a faculty member who has compatible research interests. Applicants must then contact that faculty member to begin a dialogue about their academic/professional interests and to inquire whether the faculty member would agree to act as a mentor.

Once a faculty member has agreed to mentor the applicant in a Master's research project, he or she will write a letter to that effect to the Biological Sciences Graduate Program Director.  The application file is not considered to be complete until this mentor letter has been added and all other required items have been received.

NOTE: International students must submit some additional items (English Language Verification, Bank Statements, SIUE Financial Form, Biographical Page from Passport).  For more information, please see the Graduate School Information Page for International Students.

All items in the above checklist should be mailed to Graduate Admissions at the following address:

Graduate Admissions

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Box 1047

Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047

In addition, if the applicant wants to be considered for a teaching or research assistantship, a Teaching/Research Assistantship Application must be mailed to the Graduate Program Director, Department of Biological Sciences at this address:

Graduate Program Director

Department of Biological Sciences

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Box 1651

Edwardsville, IL 62026-1651

Do NOT mail your Personal Statement/Letter, Transcripts, Letters of Reference, GRE scores, etc. to the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Biological Sciences.  All of these items should be mailed to Graduate Admissions (see above).

Once the application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Biological Sciences, which will decide whether to admit the applicant to the Biological Sciences Master's Program.  Applicants will be notified in writing once a decision has been made..

If you have any questions about the application and admission process, please contact the Biological Sciences Graduate Program Director.

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