Admissions  ( WSU Biological Sciences Graduate Programs )

Scholarships & Financial Aids

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 consist of bi-weekly part-time pay as well as health, vision, and dental benefits health and dental benefits including ten credit hours of paid tuition each semester.

Master's students are not guaranteed finacial 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 accomodate everyone. Information about other sources of funding may be found  on the Graduate School web site at


Admission to the Ph.D., M.S., and M.S. Biotechnology programs occurs once per year in the Fall Term only.  The Graduate School requires applicants to have a GRE score of at least 1000 on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the test, and a minimum of 3.0 on the Writing Assessment.  A total score of 300 for Verbal and Quantitative on the new GRE has been determined as a reasonable minimum.Writing Assesment requirement remains the same. 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.

    The following documents should be uploaded to your application:
    * 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 transcripts/degree certificates from University (and Universities attended,if applicable)

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

    * TOEFL score report (international applicants)

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

GRE Dept Code for Biology - 0203

TOEFL Dept Code for Biology - 35

IMPORTANT: Wayne State University is an enviromentally conscious institution.  In order to reduce the tremendous influx of paper, applicants are no longer expected to submit official documents upon applying.

Letters of recommendation may 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


To assure a review of your application to the PhD program and consideration for full financial support, applications must be submitted by December 1.  Decisions will be made on a continuous basis and thus later applications may 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.  Graduate studies do not begin in Spring/Summer.  Applications should be submitted at least four weeks before the start of the desired semester.  Most students in this program are self-supported; however, if the need arises for additional Graduate Teaching Assistants, funding may be offered.  To be eligible to apply to this program, applicants must have done well in undergraduate biology courses.


You must apply on-line at 

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