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Graduate Admission Requirements

Requirements for Admission

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a minor in biology from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Combined verbal and math GRE Score of 300 (if test taken after August 2011 or score of 900 if taken before August 2011)

Applying for Admission

  1. Submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies:
    • Application fee; $45 domestic or $50 international (link)
    • Application for admission (link)
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended*
    • Official GRE scores*
    • Curriculum Vitae including list of three references
    • Statement of research interests you wish to pursue during graduate studies (1 page)
    • Military documents (if applicable)
    • Three letters of recommendation (to be sent directly by referees to College of Graduate Studies and Biology Graduate Coordinator)
  2. Send copy of all above application documents (except application fee and application) to the Biology Graduate Coordinator (.pdf copies)

Biology Graduate Coordinator Information

Dr. Rebecca Johansen
Austin Peay State University
P.O. Box 4718
Clarksville, TN 37044
Phone: (931) 221-7774

Suggestions for Enhancing Admission

For students pursuing the Plan III (Thesis) option, candidates are encouraged to review biology faculty research interests to identify a potential advisor with whom they would like to collaborate on a graduate thesis project. For students pursuing Plan I (Coursework), the Biology Graduate Coordinator will serve as the advisor. Preference in admission will be afforded to those applicants endorsed by a faculty member in the Biology Department.

Applications are due by March 1 for Fall semester and October 15 for Spring semester.

Admission to the Biology Graduate Program is decided by the biology graduate admissions committee. The admissions committee determines if the applicant meets the minimum admission standards of the department, but also considers the:

  • Applicant’s qualifications as indicated by course transcripts, test scores, Curriculum Vitae, and letters of recommendation
  • Match between the applicant’s research interests and faculty availability to mentor students in that area
  • Applicant’s perceived compatibility with the Biology Department Program based on the applicant’s previous experiences described in the above documents, as well as site visits and other communications with Biology Department faculty.

* unofficial copies are acceptable for application, but official copies will be required for full enrollment; see “Conditional Admission”.