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Biology Admission Requirements

​Applying to the Biology (MS) Program

Completed applications will be reviewed beginning February 1.

The graduate program in biology provides an inviting, inclusive and integrative experience for students. We encourage applications from students with diverse interests and backgrounds and provide an environment in which this type of diversity can flourish. 

To be eligible for the Master of Science in Biological Sciences program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a science-related field from a regionally accredited institution or be in the process of completing the bachelor's degree. Additionally, applicants should have the following:

  • One year of General Biology (required)
  • Once course in statistics (preferred)
  • One year of General Chemistry (preferred)

Although not required, we suggest that applicants contact individual faculty members in their area(s) of interest to learn more about their research. Students whose application is supported by a faculty member tend to have a greater chance of being admitted.

There is no GRE requirement.

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)
  • 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, previous experience, and any specific area of interest. It is also helpful to indicate faculty with whom you would be interested in working.

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, 243 on the computer-based test or 590 on the paper-based test. A minimum of 7.5 on the IELTS may be submitted for this requirement.

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


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If you need assistance to complete your application and/or have questions, contact the CSH Graduate Admission office at (773) 325-7315 or graddepaul@depaul.edu.