The M.S. Biology program is designed to provide students with an opportunity for advanced study within a field of interest.
Students will receive the focused training necessary for obtaining entry-level professional positions, acquiring mid-level positions requiring specialized skills, and acceptance into doctoral level graduate programs. Admission into the program is competitive and selective. Applicants that meet the minimum requirements for consideration may not necessarily be admitted into the program.
Program Admission Requirements
Admissions to the Master of Science in Biology program is competitive and selective. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements for consideration may not necessarily be admitted into the program.
- Submit an FGCU Graduate Admissions Application and satisfy all applicable university admissions requirements.
- Earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in biological sciences or a related field relevant to the research interest of the applicant.
- A cover letter of introduction including academic and career goals, a statement of research interests to assist in identifying a faculty mentor (three pages maximum).
- Official copy of undergraduate transcripts with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for the last 60 credits of upper division undergraduate coursework. GPA from previous graduate coursework (if any) may also be taken into consideration. No entrance exam is required unless the GPA is less than 3.0.
- If the GPA is less than 3.0, then an applicant must have a minimum entrance score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), within the last five years, of at least 300 (combined), 140 (verbal) and 160 (quantitative).
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or research potential.
- International graduate applicants are required to submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test), or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
- Applicants that do not meet all of the above requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.