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Graduate and Professional School Admissions
Thinking About Graduate School in Biology?

What is Graduate School?

A post-graduate program that includes advanced coursework and/or research focused on a specific area of biology

Why Should You Choose Graduate School?

  • You have a passion for science!
  • Freedom to focus on the area of biology that most interests you
  • Chance to conduct research that will impact the world
  • You can get paid to go to school:
    • Most biological graduate programs offer assistantships or fellowships that pay you a stipend and/or wave your tuition
    • You can also apply for external fellowships that will pay for school (ex. NSF, EPA, Sigma Xi, etc.)
    • A post-graduate degree often = a higher salary

What Do I Need To Get Into Graduate School?

  • Most programs require a GPA > 3.0
  • GRE scores (see GRE section)
  • Strong letters of recommendation from your professors and/or mentors (be sure to ask for them 2-4 weeks before the due date)
  • Research experience:
    • Do undergraduate research with a professor or mentor
    • Publish your research
    • Take laboratory or field-based courses

What is the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)?

  • Exam required for acceptance into most graduate schools
  • Take one of the following (depending on the graduate program):
    • General GRE ($160)
    • Subject specific GRE ($140):
      • Biology (general)
      • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • More information @ http://www.ets.org/gre/

Which degree is right for me, M.S. or Ph.D.?

  • M.S. (Non-thesis Masters):
    • 2-3 years of coursework
    • Provides advanced study of biology
    • Often helps raise credentials of those trying to get into other professional programs, but is often viewed as a terminal degree
    • Higher salary than with an undergraduate degree
  • M.S. (Thesis Masters):
    • 2-3 years of coursework & research
    • Provides advanced study and research experience in biology
    • Skill set acquired is appropriate for mid-level academic, government or industry jobs
    • Higher salary than with an undergraduate degree
  • Ph.D. (Doctorate):
    • 4-6 years of coursework & independent research
    • Opportunity for in-depth training in scientific experimental design and data analysis
    • Skill set acquired is appropriate for academic, government or industry jobs
    • Will pay the highest salary
  • M.D./Ph.D. (Medical/Doctorate)
    • 5-7 years of a combination of medical and graduate school
    • Highly specialized degree for those interested in conducting medical research
    • Skill set acquired is appropriate for academic, government or industry jobs
    • Will pay the highest salary
  • J.D./Ph.D. (Law/Doctorate)
    • 4-5 years of a combination of law and graduate school
    • Highly specialized program for those interested in careers that involve the legal aspects of biological research (biological patent law & corporate law)
    • Skill set acquired is appropriate for academic, government, industry or legal jobs
    • Will pay the highest salary

Where should I go to graduate school and when should I start applying?

  • Choose your area of interest first, or at least narrow it down to a few areas
  • Research which universities have the best programs in your specific area of interest or ask a faculty member working in that area about their knowledge of reputable programs
  • Decide where you are willing to live; graduate school is 2-7 years of your life
  • Contact specific programs, and begin the application process 6-12 months in advance

What Biology alumni have gone on to graduate or professional school?

  • Christine Bottomley ('13), Vermont Law School, Juris Doctor/Masters in Eviironmental Law and Policy (JD/MELP)
  • Adam Parker ('13), Armstrong Atlantic State University, Noyce Scholar (M.Ed.)
  • Lakir Patel ('13), University of St. Joseph, School of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
  • Hunter Seabolt ('13), Georgia Southern University, Biology (M.S.)
  • Michael Fogam ('12), University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Physiology (M.S.)
  • Blake Jones ('12), Georgia Regents University, Dental School (D.M.D.)
  • Archana Patell ('12), Indiana University - Prudue University Indianapolis, Biology (M.S.)
  • Nikita Desal ('11), University of Incarnate Word Rosenberg, School of Optometry (O.D.)
  • Kian Morris ('11), Nova Southeastern University, Physician Assistant (P.A.)
  • Betsy Rodgers ('11), Alaska Pacific University, Outdoor & Environmental Education (M.S.)
  • Eric Brown ('10), Medical College of Georgia, Medical School (M.D.)
  • Beth Budden ('10), Western Carolina University, Biology (M.S.)
  • Tiffany Burgess ('10), Georgia Southern University, Biology (M.S.)
  • Kenny Cail ('10), Mercer University, Medical School (M.D.)
  • Jillian Carter ('10), Medical College of Georgia, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Ph.D.)
  • Seana Corbett ('10), University of Alabama, Optometry School (O.D.)
  • Warren Crabb ('10), University of Georgia, Microbiology (Ph.D.)
  • Megan Papierniak ('10), Mercer University, Medical School (M.D.)
  • Ashley Bessinger ('09), South University, Physician Assistant Program (P.A.)
  • Jennifer Brian ('09), Nova Southeastern University, Institute of Marine & Coastal Studies (M.S.)
  • Jonathan Brink ('09), Georgia Tech, Coastal Engineering (M.S.)
  • Ashley Elam ('09), Medical College of Georgia, Medical School (M.D.)
  • Dewey Lee ('09), Nova Southeastern University, Physician Assistant Program (P.A.)
  • Fletcher Moore ('09), Medical College of Georgia, Medical School (M.D.)
  • Scott Morgan ('09), Mercer University, Medical School (M.D.)
  • My Tu Vuong ('09), University of Sint Eustatius, Medical School (M.D.)
  • Mande Beers ('08), Drexel University, Pathologist Assistant (Medical Science) (M.S.)
  • Andi Bickerton ('08), Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences, Medical School (M.D.)
  • Rachel Bonginin ('08), The Ohio State, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology (Ph.D.)
  • Crystina Bronk ('08), H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, University of South Florida, Cancer Biology (Ph.D.)
  • J.T. Johnson ('08), Florida Atlantic University, Biology (M.S.)
  • Mario Muscarella ('08), Michigan State, Ecology (Ph.D.)
  • Rebecca Parker ('08), South University, Physician Assistant Program (P.A.)
  • Alex Polsinelli ('08), South University, Physician Assistant Program (P.A.)
  • Sheree Sheppard ('08), Armstrong Atlantic State University, Education (M.S.)
  • Jennifer Webb ('08), South University, Physician Assistant Program (P.A.)
  • Crystal Bass ('07), Nova Southeastern, Marine Biology (M.S.)
  • Donna Cheek ('07), University of Georgia, Animal & Dairy Science (M.S.)
  • Mary Donaldson ('07), Eastern Kentucky, Biological Sciences (M.S.)
  • Missa Patrick Sanou ('07), University of Florida, Microbiology & Cell Science (Ph.D.)
  • Crystal Archer ('06), University of Central Florida, Molecular Biology & Microbiology (M.S.)
  • Scarlett Fuller ('06), University of Georgia, Environmental Health Sciences  (M.S.)
  • Amy Snyder ('06), Virginia Tech, Entomology (M.S.)
  • Eva Whitehead ('06), University of Georgia, Ecology (M.S.)

Do you have more questions?

Talk to a Biology faculty member. After all, they did go to graduate school!

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