Graduate Program

Admission and Financial Aid

Graduate Program

The Department of Biology requests that students apply to the department rather than to individual laboratories.

Applicants are required to submit:

All supporting documents should be submitted by using the online system (unofficial copies of all transcripts and the GRE score report will be accepted for the review process). The application fee is $60. Applicants may check their status online.

The subject GRE is not required, but is highly recommended. The GRE University code is 2928. Although we do not have a minimum requirement, a score of 155 on the GRE verbal and 155 on the quantitative section, a 4.5 on the analytical section, and a GPA of 3.0/4.0 are usually competitive for entry in the Ph.D. program.

International students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). We will also accept the IELTS.

Transfer students are considered for admission using these same criteria. The department seeks students who have a strong commitment to field or laboratory research in fundamental areas of biology.

The deadline for complete applications is January 1 for fall admission. We do not admit students in the spring semester. Once PhD applications have been screened, candidates are invited to visit the campus for:

The department covers these expenses. International students who reside outside of the U.S. are not interviewed in person, but may be interviewed by telephone.

All PhD students admitted to the program are offered a competitive annual stipend, Aetna health insurance, and a full tuition scholarship. Support is guaranteed for five years subject to satisfactory progress towards the degree. Students are awarded a research or teaching assistantship. The department also awards Caspari and Holtfreter Fellowships.

We also encourage students to apply for outside funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and private agencies. Obtaining funding from outside sources brings distinction both to the student and the Department. Admission to the program is never contingent on students securing their own funds. Please click here to review our new fellowship policy.

Please click here to apply

There is a $60 application fee. If this fee would cause financial hardship, you may submit a request for a fee waiver after you have started the application process. The biology department will evaluate your request to determine if you qualify for the waiver.

Send a brief statement to cynthia.landry@rochester.edu explaining why you might qualify for a fee waiver. Please do not send any confidential financial documents (including copies of tax returns, bank statements, etc.).

If you have any questions about our graduate program or our admissions process, please email Cindy Landry at cynthia.landry@rochester.edu.