Putting Your Application Together
The online application, official transcripts, and all related admission materials must be submitted by January 15th of the preceding fall semester, or by October 1st of the preceding spring semester. International applicants and applicants with international transcripts are encouraged to apply by December 15th, and by September 1st in order to ensure materials including official transcripts are received by the program’s deadline.
Required Application Materials
The following items are required for the MS Biology application:
- Contact potential faculty advisor(s) -Your acceptance into the MS Biology program requires the support of a faculty mentor, be sure to contact a potential faculty advisor before the application deadline. See the Finding a Mentor section below for more details.
- Graduate College Application – Complete the Graduate College application. Once you complete the Graduate College portion of the online application and pay the application fee, the MS Biology program application requirements will be made available to you.
- Application Fee – Pay the $65 Domestic or $95 International application fee in the online application system.
- Transcripts – Please request official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts to be sent to Boise State. Learn more about submitting transcripts to Boise State.
- TOEFL or IELTS Scores – Required for international applicants only. Learn more about language score requirements.
- 3 Letters of Recommendation – Applicants will provide contact information for three references in the application system. Upon submission of the recommender contact information, an email will be sent to the recommender with a link to upload a letter of recommendation.
- Cover Letter – See the instructions provided below.
Cover Letter Instructions
Please write a cover letter of no more than 750 total words that include:
- A description of your overall academic interests and goals. Why do you seek graduate training? What are your career goals? Why are you applying to this program?
- A description of your specific scientific interests. This is a great place to describe your motivation to further your training in science and research in your chosen field. Also, describe why your selected research lab is a good fit for your interests.
- A summary of your previous research experience or jobs involving laboratory or fieldwork.
- Please describe a challenge or obstacle you faced as a student, and how you overcame it.
- If needed, please request to be considered for a graduate assistantship in your cover letter.
Finding a Mentor
Students in the Biology master’s program will work closely with a mentor throughout the course of their education. It’s important to find a mentor who is researching in an area that is interesting to you and pertinent to what you hope to do after you graduate. The faculty in this program have a wide array of backgrounds and areas of research, offering plenty of diversity for interested students to consider. Before submitting your application, it’s important to review the list of faculty researchers and select a couple of different labs you may be interested in working in. Before applying, we encourage students to reach out to faculty to meet and determine if there is a good fit.