Graduate Program

General Information

It is recommended that applicants have a bachelor's degree or equivalent in a biology-related field. Students who have a M.S. degree in a related field are encouraged to apply. Previous research experience is highly desirable but not essential. Applicants are strongly urged to correspond directly with Faculty members whose work is of particular interest.


The departmental deadline is December 1 each year for both domestic and international applicants.  The department only admits students in the fall semester.

Current Recruitment Status

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2020 admissions.  We will start accepting applications for Fall 2021 admissions in October 2020.  

Application Process

1. You must apply online to the University of Arizona's Graduate College.  The departmental application is included in the online application.

2. The required application materials needed to submit an online application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of purpose
  • Scanned transcripts of your college work for initial review purposes only. If offered admission, you must provide official, sealed transcripts before you can be admitted.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant's scholarly potential. On your application, you will list the names and email addresses of your recommenders and initiate the request for the letters of recommendation. Your recommenders will receive an email instructing them to upload their letter and answer a few supplemental questions.
  • Any additional information that strengthens your application.

3. International students only: Submit your TOEFL (or IELTS) scores. UA code is 4832.

Note: All applications and application materials must be submitted online through the University of Arizona's Graduate College's GradApp.  Please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Pennie Rabago, if you have any questions or issues with submitting any part of the application online.  If you are having technical issues with the online program, please contact the Graduate College.

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