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Graduate Programs in Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Cell Biology, Ecology, and Physiology.  We also offer an innovative coursework-based Master of Arts (MA) degree. Students interested in the MS and PhD programs have the opportunity to engage in research with internationally recognized faculty.  In addition to our more biomedical research-based programs in Cell Biology and Physiology, students interested a degree in Biomedical Sciences can apply to graduate school through the School of Biomedical Sciences.


We strongly encourage applications for our MS and PhD Graduate Biology Programs from domestic and international students. Information on the application procedure, including what to include in your personal statement, is available on this web page (how to apply). Please e-mail the Graduate Studies Office if you have any questions.

Additional Program Information and Admission Requirements

MS and PhD Programs

Admissions into our MS and PhD programs are competitive.  Since these programs are full-time, financial support is necessary.  Financial support from the department comes in the form of teaching or research assistantships. Student-provided support includes scholarships, such as Fulbright Grants.  **Students do not have to have a MS degree to apply into our PhD programs** 

Specific degree requirements for our MS and PhD programs can be found here.

Departmental teaching/research assistantships include:

  • A full tuition waiver
  • Annual stipend
  • Money towards the purchase of health insurance

**Assistantships are preferentially given to PhD over MS students**

We also promote the professional development of our MS and PhD students by providing them with:
  • Travel money to conferences
  • Training in research ethics
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities

Our MS and PhD programs have only fall admissions

Deadlines for fall 2015 admission

Domestic applications must be completed by December 15th, 2014

International applications must be completed by December 5th, 2014

For 2015 admission, our Interview Weekend is scheduled for February 27-March 1, 2015. Top applicants will be invited for an interview and should plan on attending.  During the visit, applicants will interview with selected faculty members and become acquainted with the KSU campus, facilities and predoctoral students from the Program.

While we do look at each application in its totality, the following information can be used as a guide to help determine if your application is competitive:
  • Average GRE scores over the past 5 years have been:
    • 67th percentile on the verbal section
    • 67th percentile on the quantitative section
    • 45th percentile on the writing section

  • The average GPA over the past 5 years has been:
    • 3.56 (a minimum of a 3.0 is required by the University)

MA Program

Our MA program has rolling admissions; though, applications need to be completed at least one month prior to the start of the semester in which you want to start taking classes.

The MA program is a course-based degree and is an excellent option for students interested in career advancement.  This degree can be pursued either full-time or part-time. More details about this program can be found at here.

The English proficiency minimums for all of our programs are as follows:

  • iBT 94
  • CBT 240
  • PBT 587
  • IELTS 7.0