The M.A. in Biology program is open to qualified applicants with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution who have completed previous undergraduate course work in biology, mathematics and chemistry.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the Biology program at University College. Your application will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
- Completed application form
The application form for the Biology program is available online on the Apply page.
Official transcripts from all previous college work
Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application?
- Three letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be completed by teachers or professional associates. They can be submitted as part of your online application or mailed to University College.
- GRE Test Score
Send an official GRE score if you are applying to the Master of Arts in Biology Program. Please request official test scores to be sent directly to our office.
- TOEFL scores, if applicable
International students who are not native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a US college or University may be accepted as documentation of English language skills.
- $35 application fee
Payment may be submitted by credit card online as part of your application, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
A pre-requisite for enrollment in M.A. in Biology courses is admission, through formal application, to the M.A. program in Biology. On occasion a student whose application is pending, or whose record suggests he or she should take one or two courses on a trial basis, will be allowed to register for a course, but only after consultation with a University College graduate advisor or the Biology Program Coordinator, Professor Ian Duncan. To obtain approval, students not yet formally enrolled in the program must submit a course application form and collegiate transcripts to the program director for permission to enroll. Students admitted to the Master of Arts in Education program may enroll in graduate-level biology courses with the approval of the student's academic advisor.
Prospective students are urged to discuss admission and tentative course schedules, including prerequisite courses, with the biology program coordinator or other members of the Program Committee. Upon admission, each student will be assigned a faculty advisor; course registration and performance will be reviewed each semester.
University College and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences review completed applications and make admission decisions on a rolling basis. The process typically takes four to six weeks; applicants are encouraged to submit their completed application, including supporting materials, by the following dates in order to ensure a timely decision:
- Recommended deadline for fall enrollment: July 15th
- Recommended deadline for spring enrollment: November 15th
- Recommended deadline for summer enrollment: April 15th
If you plan to apply for federal financial aid, please note that this process can take six to eight weeks. University College suggests that applicants complete their FAFSA at the time of application for admission. Please visit our Tuition & Aid section for additional information about financial aid and step-by-step application instructions.