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The Application Process

How to Apply

The Master’s programs process online applications through ApplyYourself. Please read the application instructions carefully. The ApplyYourself program is available year-round for receiving application materials. Applicants are encouraged to submit their online application well in advance of the deadline to ensure that the application is complete by the deadline.

Application Materials

The following items are required for the MA Biology, MS Biology, and MS Raptor Biology application:

  1. GRE Scores – Please request that official scores for the GRE general test are sent to Boise State (School Code 4018). The subject GRE is not required.
  2. Transcripts – Please request official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts be sent to Boise State.
  3. Cover Letter – Upload a cover letter discussing your professional goals, research interests, and reasons for wishing to study Biology at Boise State University.
  4. Letters of Recommendation – Provide contact information for three recommenders in the online application system. The application system will notify recommenders and provide a link to the recommendation upload screen.
  5. Application Fee – Pay the $65 Domestic or $95 International Application fee
  6. TOEFL or IELTS Scores – Send official scores to International Admissions. Required for International Applicants Only

Admission Requirements

All individuals admitted to REGULAR STATUS as a graduate student in Biology must have:

  • A Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4 point system
  • Results that average in the 50th or higher percentile in the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions of the general GRE exam
  • An undergraduate degree in Biology or a closely related field

PROVISIONAL STATUS may be granted to those otherwise promising applicants who do not meet GPA or GRE requirements or who have undergraduate coursework deficiencies.

Applicants are encouraged to correspond with faculty concerning openings and potential research opportunities in their laboratories for graduate students.

Application and Materials Deadlines

Fall Semester: January 15th
Spring Semester: October 1

Enrollment in all masters programs is competitive, and achievement of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Financial Aid

Teaching Assistantships that include a stipend, tuition and fee waiver, and student health insurance may be available to M.S. students on a competitive basis. Additional support for master’s research projects may be available from faculty members in the form of research assistantships. Other forms of financial aid, such as loans or the College Work-Study Program, are available to graduate students. Prospective students should contact the Financial Aid Office and consult the Boise State University catalog.

For more information please email: or phone: (208) 426-4621

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