Doctoral Program Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Q: What are the institution and department codes for the TOEFL?
A: TOEFL Institution Code: 6173; TOEFL Department Code: 35 (Biology).

Q: Is the GRE required? 

A: No, a GRE score is not required for the application but will be considered if submitted.  

Q: Is a stipend provided to students in the PhD Program?

A: First- and second-year students will receive teaching assistantships. Students in their third year and above will generally be on research assistantships. 

Application and Acceptance

Q: What is the application deadline?
A: Ph.D. applicants must submit a complete application by January 15.

Q: Do you admit students in the Spring semester?
A: Ph.D. students are usually admitted in the Fall semester, although applications will be considered for the Spring semester upon request.

Q: What test scores do I need to be considered for admission? What undergraduate grade point average do I need? Is research experience required for the Ph.D. program?
A: You do not need to submit test scores to be considered for the program

  • Specific GPA requirements are not established, as numerous factors are weighed when accepting applicants - GRE scores, undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, strength of application, etc.
  • Prior laboratory research experience, although not required, is viewed favorably for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Q: What is the minimum score required on the TOEFL?
A: A minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper version, 250 on the computer version or 100 on the internet-based version is required. If a student attended an english-speaking school, that requirement may be waived.