Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Are you ready to join the faculty and students at the graduate program in biology at Georgia Southern? Below, get all of the admissions information you need to apply to the program.

Where do I start?

Visit the College of Graduate Studies to get more information about the program. Complete the form to request information, and you will be asked to create a login name and password.

What are the requirements for admission?
  • A preferred cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 on your undergraduate work.
  • GRE scores of at least 153 on the verbal and 146 on the quantitative portions (equivalent to old GRE scale of 500 verbal and 550 quantitative). The Biology GRE subject test (offered in October, November, and April) is recommended but not required. You may take it after the admissions deadline of April 1.
  • Broad training in the biological sciences and a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field
  • Typically 24 credit hours of biology, 9 hours of mathematics, 16 hours of chemistry, and 8 hours of physics or geology courses.
  • Preferred identification of your adviser prior to the application deadline

For more detailed information on graduate admissions at Georgia Southern, visit the College of Graduate Studies.

How do I apply?

You can apply to Georgia Southern through the graduate application. The cost for the application is $50. Be prepared to submit your transcripts, GRE scores, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of your biology career goals and research interests. 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).

We strongly recommend that you correspond with the graduate program director early in the application process. The graduate program director can give you useful tips and answer any questions. Although your online application will trigger steady correspondence from the University, the graduate program director in biology can give you the most personalized attention and accurate information regarding a final decision on your application.

Have I missed any steps?

Here’s a checklist to ensure you complete all the 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 not 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

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. Checo Colón-Gaud
Department of Biology
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460
912-478-0845 (fax)

Other useful contacts include:

Dr. Ashley Colquitt
College of Graduate Studies
P.O. Box 8015
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460
912 478-1710
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 8113
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460
912 478-5384


Last updated: 7/1/2020

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