Applied Biology Graduate Admissions

Application Requirements

Prerequisites for the M.S. in applied biology program include an undergraduate degree in biology or a related field with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition to their coursework in biology, student transcripts should demonstrate the completion of prerequisite courses in chemistry (two courses in general chemistry and at least one semester of organic chemistry), at least one additional physical science course, a course in statistics and a demonstrable background in cell biology/genetics.

Admission to the program requires applicants to complete an Application for Graduate Admission at Salisbury University – visit the Graduate Studies Office for details – and the following program-specific requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree (in biology or related field) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0-point scale. In addition to their coursework in biology, student transcripts should demonstrate the completion of prerequisite courses in Chemistry (two courses in General Chemistry and at least one semester of Organic Chemistry), at least one additional Physical Science course, a course in Statistics, and a demonstrable background in Cell Biology/Genetics.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement relating the applicant’s goals and career objectives as well as research interests and potential graduate advisors in the department.
  • Scores on the General Graduate Record Exam at or above the 50th percentile. Scores on the Biology GRE are optional but if submitted will be considered in admission decisions.
  • All applicants (thesis and non-thesis) must make contact with prospective graduate advisor(s) in the department prior to submission of an application for admission to the program. M.S. thesis students will not be admitted without the endorsement of a graduate advisor for their research. A letter from the graduate advisor must accompany the application.

Application materials must be received by the Director of the Biology Graduate Program by March 1 for the fall semester or October 1 for the spring semester for full consideration.