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Biology Admission Requirements

Applying to the Biology (MA) Program

To be eligible for the Master of Arts in Biological Sciences program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (preferably in biological sciences or an equivalent program) from a regionally accredited institution or be in the process of completing the bachelor's degree. Additionally, applicants should have the following:

  • A minimum of two years of chemistry, including one year of organic chemistry
  • One year of general physics
  • One year of calculus
  • A working knowledge of computers and of statistics
  • Prerequisite course work completed by the end of the first year of graduate study

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A completed online application
  • Official transcripts from all previous college course work (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for the application review. Official transcripts will be required upon admission.
  • Three letters of recommendation from science professors, preferably biology
  • A personal statement that explains your interest in the biological sciences graduate program at DePaul. The statement should specify your career goals and any specific area of interest.

Students educated outside the United States must present proof of English proficiency. The program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 96 on the TOEFL iBT or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or a minimum Duolingo score of 125.

For additional information for international students please visit our International Student Admission Process page.

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