Graduate Program

Biology Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate study, the requirements for admission to the Master of Science in Biology are as follows:
  • A satisfactory score on the General Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE Verbal + GRE Quantitative + GPA × 100 ≥ 1300. Analytical writing ≥4.0. Students who do not have satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination may be admitted under the condition that they obtain a grade of "B" or higher on a prescribed set of undergraduate and/or graduate courses that are approved by the department.
  • Optional, but strongly recommended. A satisfactory score on the Biology Subject Test of the GRE
  • A satisfactory grade point average on all prior advanced (junior, senior, and graduate) work taken.
  • The equivalent of bachelor's degree in science with a major in biology from the University of Texas at Tyler. A student should examine carefully the requirements for the undergraduate major in biology from UT Tyler. Differences in course work between the student's major (e.g., biology, wildlife science, environmental biology, etc.) will be determined by the Department. A student may be advised to complete selected courses (with a grade of B or better) to obtain equivalency to a major in biology at UT Tyler.
  • A proficiency in the use of the English language. If a student's verbal score on the General Test of the GRE is below an acceptable minimum, the student must pass an English proficiency test.
  • Recommendations by the faculty and approval by departmental chair.
  • Consideration is also given to one or more of the following: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, first generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities. These considerations do not exempt students from the academic requirements but will serve to strengthen the student's application.