How to Apply
Prior to applying to the program, you should introduce yourself to the biology faculty with whom you share strong research interests. If there is more than one faculty member whose research interests you, then you should introduce yourself to all of them. Don't be afraid to contact the faculty. They would like to hear from you.
Thesis Option: Students accepted into the UT Tyler biology graduate program will be required to complete a thesis research project. Each student will have selected a primary faculty advisor to supervise their research and serve as chair of the student's graduate committee prior to admittance.
Non-Thesis Option: Students accepted into the UT Tyler biology graduate program will
be required to complete a literature review project. Each student will select a primary
faculty advisor to supervise their research and serve as chair of the student's graduate
committee prior to admittance.
Your success as a graduate student will largely depend on finding a faculty mentor that is a good fit for you. Before applying, spend as much time as necessary to get to know the faculty. During your discussion with potential faculty mentors, you should consider several things. Do you share research interests? Is the faculty member accepting new graduate students? Does your learning style fit the degree of structure or independence offered by a particular faculty member?
When considering a faculty advisor, it is very important to talk with current graduate students in the biology program. The students know what it is like to be in the program. So, ask students about their experiences, and be sure to get in contact with students working with the faculty member you are considering as a potential mentor.
When to Apply
Most graduate students are accepted during the spring semester for enrollment in the fall. In addition, most financial support is awarded before the fall semester. Applications for fall enrollment should be filed with the graduate coordinator before the final date on the graduate school calendar. Late applications will be considered for the following semester's admission.
Students applying to the biology graduate program are strongly encouraged to contact faculty members in their area of interest before or during the application process.
What to Include in the Application
In order to complete your application, you will need to send some materials to the Office of Admissions at The University of Texas at Tyler and some materials directly to the graduate coordinator in the Department of Biology.
Materials to be Submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office
- You must submit a complete university application including official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. The university application may be submitted online (online application) or mailed to: Graduate Admissions Office, The University of Texas at Tyler, 3900 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75799.
- You must submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing).
- Unofficial (student) copies of all transcripts. All official transcripts will be sent to the department by the Office of Admissions as they arrive.
- A satisfactory grade point average on all prior advanced (junior, senior and graduate) work taken.
- Must have 3 letters of recommendation.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- Statement of research interests.