Graduate Admissions

If you would like to join the productive group of faculty and students that constitute the graduate program in biology at Georgia Southern, we would love to hear from you. This page describes our admission requirements and how to apply to our program.

Where do I start?

To obtain more information on the graduate program and to register your interest in graduate studies at Georgia Southern, go to the College of Graduate Studies. At this website, please complete the requested information. You will be asked to create a login name and password.

What are the requirements for admission?

The graduate program in biology prefers a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 on all undergraduate work; scores of at least 153 on the verbal and 146 on the quantitative portions of the GRE are required. (Values on the old GRE scale=500V/550Q). Over the last couple years a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 has been the average. We also strongly encourage applicants to have identified an adviser prior to the application deadline. Students entering the graduate program in biology are expected to have broad training in the biological sciences and should hold a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field. Typical applicants will have completed 24 hours of biology, 9 hours of mathematics, 16 hours of chemistry, and 8 hours of physics or geology. Students with inadequate background in biology, math, or chemistry may be considered for provisional admission.

The Biology GRE subject test is not required, but is recommended. This test is offered in October, November, and April. You may take the test in April after the admissions deadline of April 1; the Biology GRE subject test score is not used for admission, but helps us identify your strengths and weaknesses entering our program.

For more detailed information on graduate admissions at Georgia Southern, visit the website of the College of Graduate Studies or download a university catalog here.

How do I apply?

The application process is easy. Just follow this link and initiate an on-line application. The cost for the application is $50. After completing this on-line form, the application must be supported by transcripts, GRE scores, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of your career goals and research interests (Why do you want to come to Georgia Southern for graduate work in biology?). International students should submit scores from the TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and have transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

In order to make it easy for us to follow your progress, we strongly recommend that you correspond with the graduate program director early in the application process. The graduate program director can give you many useful tips and answer any questions about your application. Although your online application will trigger steady correspondence from the university, it is the graduate program director in biology that can give you the most personalized attention and the most accurate information regarding a final decision on your application.

Have I missed any steps?

Here is a checklist to insure that you do not miss any steps in the application process.

1. Contact potential advisers and the graduate program director in biology.

2. Apply by 1 March for full consideration for fall admission (priority deadline); April 1 is the final deadline.

3. Apply by 1 October for full consideration for spring admission (priority deadline).

4. Submit online application to Office of Graduate Admissions.

5. Pay $50 application fee.

6. Have official transcripts forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

7. Have official GRE scores forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions; general GRE test scores required; subject test preferred, but no required.

8. Submit 2 letters of recommendation to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

9. Submit a statement of career goals to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Describe why you want to go to graduate school and what you intend to do afterwards.

10. Submit an on-line application for a graduate assistantship (optional) by the priority deadline

11. If applying for admission to the Molecular Biology Initiative (M.S. thesis students only), you must submit an Online Prospective MBI Fellow Form

Do you have any questions or just want to talk to a real person?

If you have any questions about the admissions process do not hesitate to contact the graduate program director:

Dr. Lance McBrayer
Department of Biology
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460
912-478-0845 (fax)

Other useful contacts include:

Dr. John R. Diebolt
Associate Dean
College of Graduate Studies
P.O. Box 8008
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460
912 478-0578
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 8113
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460
912 478-5384


DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY • P.O. Box 8042 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5487