Admissions  ( WSU Biological Sciences Graduate Programs )

Scholarships & Financial Aid

All students admitted to this department's PhD program receive full financial support from the Graduate School in the form of graduate Teaching Assistantships. This GTA award consists of bi-weekly part-time pay as well as health, vision, and dental benefits including ten credit hours of paid tuition each semester.

Master's students are not guaranteed financial support; however, students may apply for part-time lab teaching positions, which open before the Fall Term begins.  Students must be prepared to support themselves as enough positions may not be available to accommodate everyone. Information about other sources of funding may be found  on the Graduate School web site at

Minimum Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D., M.S. Biological Sciences., and M.S. Molecular Biotechnology programs occurs once per year in the Fall Term only.  The Graduate School requires applicants to have a GRE score of at least 150 or above on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the test, with a minimum of 3.0 on the Writing Assessment. The minimum TOEFL for international students is 550 (213 computer-based or 79/120 internet-based).  Minimum for the IELTS and MELAB English proficiency tests are 6.5 and 85, respectively.  However, these minimum requirements are only a guide and do not determine admission.  Our Graduate Committee reviews each application individually and takes into account other factors such as letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal statement, and research experience.

Required Supporting Documents

    A complete application includes the following documents:
    * Curriculum Vitae (CV or r
ésumé) and Personal Statement

    * Three letters of recommendation/two letters for M.A. (printed on official institution letterhead/stationery)

    * Unofficial or student copies of bachelor's/master's transcripts and/or degree certificates are acceptable for program review purposes only. If admitted, the applicant must submit official transcripts to the office of Graduate Admissions. 

    * General GRE test score report (not required for M.A. applicants)

    * TOEFL score report (international applicants)

Institution and score report codes are as follows:
Institution Code for Wayne State University - 1898

GRE Dept Code for Biology - 0203

TOEFL Dept Code for Biology - 35

Apply Online

Wayne State University is an environmentally conscious institution.  In order to reduce the tremendous influx of paper, applicants are no longer expected to submit official documents upon applying. You may apply on-line and submit supporting documents at

Letters of recommendation forwarded or uploaded by the applicant are not valid. They must be directly uploaded by the recommender. If the letter-writer encounters technical problems, he/she is welcome to send an e-mail attachment of the letter to Mrs. Rose Mary Priest at


We admit M.s and Ph.D. in the Fall Term Only.  Applications to both our M.S. programs and the Ph.D. may be submitted in October of the year previous to your intended term of admission. To assure a review of your application to the PhD program and consideration for full financial support, applications must be submitted by December 15Decisions are made on a continuous basis and later applications will not be reviewed if all open positions are filled.  The final university mandated deadlines for applications are March 1 for international applicants and April 1 for domestic applicants. Please be aware that it takes time to prepare applications for review.  Submitting the online application alone before target dates does not constitute meeting the deadline.  All supporting documents must also be online by the appropriate deadline dates

Applicants to the Master of Arts program in Biological Sciences may be admitted during Fall or Winter Term. Please note that Graduate Studies never begin in Spring/Summer. There is no need to take the GRE. The only requirement is a 3.0 GPA. Applications should be submitted at least four weeks prior the start of the desired semester

Winter Term Deadlines: November 1st for international applicants and December 1st for domestic/Canadian applicants.

Fall Term Deadlines: May 1st for international applicants and June 1st for domestic/Canadian applicants. 

Most students in this program are self-supported; however, if the need arises for additional lab instructors, Instructional Assistant positions will be offered by the Lab Coordinator.  To be eligible for this position, applicants must have done well in undergraduate biology courses.


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