May 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences

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The School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences offers a program of study and research leading to a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences, a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Geography, and two Master of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science. The programs also offers a curriculum leading to the Master of Science in Geology and a Master of Science in Professional Geology. BSC courses cross-listed as MAR courses are generally taught at the university’s Stennis campus in the Marine Science program.

Admission Requirements

  1. The applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution approved by a recognized accrediting agency.
  2. 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.
  3. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all other institutions they attended to the Graduate School.
  4. 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.
  5. Applicants must have official GRE score (General Test only) sent to the Graduate School.
  6. Applicants must upload an essay describing their research interests and career goals into the application.
  7. International applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores, unless baccalaureate degree is from an accredited English speaking University.
  8. Applicant must pay an application fee for each application submitted.

Granting of regular admission to the graduate program in the School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences is based on the following criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. official results from the general sections of the Graduate Record Examination.
  4. letters of recommendation. Three letters of recommendation should be submitted as part of the application process. The school will not begin review of the application until all application materials have been submitted.

Because more qualified applicants are received than can be accepted, admission to the school’s programs are very selective.

Conditional admission to school programs is considered only for students who meet Graduate School standards for conditional admission and have exceptional research or professional training. 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. Late applications are not accepted.


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