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A. General MS and MA Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a strong background in biological sciences and physical sciences
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a point scale
  • Overall Natural Science GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale
  • Minimum GRE General Combined Test Score of 950 (old test) OR Verbal - 140 & Quantitative - 150 (new test)
  • TOEFL Score of 80 or higher for students whose native language is not English
  • Three letters of recommendation, which address the applicant's academic competencies
  • Letter of support from a research mentor who has agreed to sponsor the student and is only required for students applying for the MS program
  • Applicants who do not meet the above requirements may be granted conditional admission by the Department Graduate Committee

B. Performance Standards

  • A normal course load is 9 credit hours for full time graduate students. 
  • General requirements for graduation vary depending upon the option being sought.  
  • All students must complete coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale.
  • Students must complete all requirements within a period of five years following the date of admission to the program.  
  • The Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics may extend these limits upon recommendation of appropriate program faculty and approval of the graduate committee.
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