Students wishing to enter any of the Department of Biological Sciences’ graduate degree programs must submit to the Graduate College an online application for graduate admission along with a non-refundable $65 ($95 for international students) application fee.
In addition to the materials provided to the Graduate College, the Department of Biological Sciences requires three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment on the applicant’s potential for graduate work and a professional career. The department strongly encourages graduate applicants to identify and contact a prospective advisor at the time of the application, since acceptance into the MS Biology program requires the support of a faculty advisor. Furthermore applicants must submit a cover letter explaining their career goals, academic interests, and personal objectives. If a faculty member has agreed to serve as major professor on your M.S. thesis research or M.A. program, please provide this information in your letter. For more information on the application process and where to upload your application, please see: https://www.boisestate.edu/biology/graduate-programs/ms-biology/
All application materials should be received no later than January 15th for fall admission, and October 1st for spring admission. International applicants should initiate the application process at least six weeks earlier than the deadlines listed above. For more information about international admissions, please consult the International Admissions Office.
International Admissions Office
Phone: (208) 426-1757
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree (preferably in biology or closely related field) from an accredited university or college. Once the Graduate College receives all required University admission materials (online application, application fee, official academic transcripts), the applicants file is forwarded to the Director of Graduate Studies in Biology for initial review. Unless a major advisor has been identified, the file is circulated to faculty members in the applicant’s area of research interest in an attempt to identify a potential major advisor. Acceptance into the Biology or Raptor Biology graduate program is ultimately dependent on identifying a faculty member who is willing to serve as a student’s major advisor. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty in advance regarding thesis research opportunities.
After circulation, the file is reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) for an admission recommendation (either acceptance or denial). Applicants are recommended for acceptance to the biology graduate program only if they appear qualified academically and if a major advisor is identified. Graduate students are expected to have funding support through either a Teaching Assistantship or grant-funded Research Assistantship; acceptance without funding will be considered only in exceptional cases.
The admission recommendation made by the GSC is then forwarded to the Graduate College for review. An admission decision is not official until approved by the Graduate College.