Shiao Wang, Ph.D., Interim Chair
118 College Drive #5018
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Alford, Bai, Beckett, Biesiot, Curry, M. Davis, Elasri, Fillmore, Flynt, Y. Guo, Halverson, Herron, Jawor, Karim, Kreiser, Kuehn, Leal, Mavrodi, Moore, Qualls, Schaefer, Shearer, J. Walker, S. Wang, Xu, Yee
The Department of Biological Sciences offers graduate degrees with emphases in environmental biology, marine biology, microbiology, and molecular biology. BSC courses cross-listed as MAR courses are generally taught at the university's Stennis campus in the Department of Marine Science.
- The applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution approved by a recognized accrediting agency.
- The applicant must have a grade point average equivalent to at least 2.75 (calculated on a 4.0 scale) for the last two years of undergraduate study, and a grade point average of at least 3.0 on undergraduate courses in the field of proposed graduate study.
- Applicants must submit official transcripts from all other institutions they attended to the Graduate School.
- The applicant must have at least three (3) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study sent to the Graduate School or uploaded into the application.
- Applicants must have official GRE score (General Test only) sent to the Graduate School.
- Applicants must upload an essay describing their research interests and career goals into the application.
- International applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores, unless baccalaureate degree is from an accredited English speaking University.
- Applicant must pay an application fee for each application submitted.
Granting of regular admission to the graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences is based on the following criteria:
- suitability of the student to pursue research in the department. Applicants must submit a written letter or essay specifying their research interests and career goals. Acceptance of the applicant is dependent on the availability of a faculty member to direct the student's research and to mentor the student through the program, and the availability of research facilities to carry out the student's research. Because of the critical nature of the student-faculty mentor relationship, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisers prior to application.
- student records. Admission to the program is selective and specifications concerning grade point average in the front section of this Bulletin are used as a guideline in the selection process.
- official results from the general sections of the Graduate Record Examination.
- letters of recommendation. Three letters of recommendation should be sent to the department. The department will not begin its review of the application until the three letters of recommendation and essay of research interests (described above) have been received.
Because more qualified applicants are received than can be accepted, admission to the department's program is very selective.
Conditional admission to departmental programs is considered only for students who meet Graduate School standards for conditional admission and who are sponsored by a member of the faculty of the department. The sponsor must provide a written statement indicating willingness to serve as the applicant's major professor.
The target dates for receipt of applications for admission for the fall and spring semesters are February 15 and October 15, respectively. All applications received after these dates will be considered if space is available or will be considered for the next term. Applications for teaching assistantships will be considered beginning February 15 as well.
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