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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:
  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. Joseph Schiller
Austin Peay State University
P.O. Box 4718
Clarksville, TN 37044
Phone: (931) 221-7249
schillerj@apsu.edu

Suggestions for Enhancing Admission

Candidates are encouraged to review biology faculty research interests and contact those faculty with whom they would like to collaborate on a graduate thesis project. Preference in admission will be afforded to those applicants endorsed by a faculty member of the Biology Department at APSU.

Review of applications will begin March 1 for Fall semester and October 1 for Spring semester and continue until all positions are filled.

Regular Admission

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

Conditional Admission

Applicants may be granted conditional admission status if he/she submits unofficial documents for review and meets the criteria for regular admission. However, all official documents must be received by the 10th day of classes or all classes will be dropped.

Denied Status

Applicants who do not meet the regular or conditional criteria for admission will be denied admission to the program.


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