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Students applying for admission to the Graduate College for degree status should consult the Graduate College Website for a full description of forms and procedures. Forms for the application to the programs are available in PDF and Microsoft Word Format. Adobe Reader required to view PDF format.

Minimal Requirements for Admission to the Department of Biology Graduate Program
  1. A student must have Department of Biology faculty member willing to serve as his/her graduate advisor.
  2. A 3.0 (or higher) overall undergraduate grade point average is required for admittance to degree status. Students who have a 2.5 to 2.9 GPA may be admitted to provisional degree status depending on other indicators of academic potential.
  3. Demonstrate potential to succeed in graduate studies (performed well in upper division science coursework, previous research experience, work experience in a scientific discipline, etc.
  4. Favorable letters of evaluation.


Procedure for Application to the Department of Biology Master of Science Graduate Programs for U.S. Residents.
  1. Explore the Department of Biology faculty's research programs (https://uni.edu/biology/research) and discuss the possibility of working on your graduate degree with several faculty members.
  2. All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Obtain and complete a Biology Department Graduate Program Application. Click on the departmental application form in the menu on the right hand side of this page to download a copy. The completed form needs to be sent to Admissions, 002 Gilchrist Hall, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018, or e-mail pdf to admissionsprocessing@uni.edu.
  4. Three letters of recommendation need to be submitted to Admissions, 002 Gilchrist Hall, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018, or e-mail pdf to admissionsprocessing@uni.edu. Click on the evaluation form in the menu on the right hand side of this page to download a copy.
  5. Information regarding an Application for Admission to Graduate Study can be found on the Graduate College webpage (http://www.grad.uni.edu/).


Procedure for Application to the Department of Biology Master of Science Graduate Programs for International Students.
  1. Explore the Department of Biology faculty's research programs (https://uni.edu/biology/research) and discuss the possibility of working on your graduate degree with several faculty members.
  2. International graduate students must have matriculated from a four-year undergraduate academic program with results equivalent to a 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Obtain and complete a Biology Department Graduate Program Application. Click on the departmental application form on the right side "Biology Dept" box on this page to download a copy. Send the completed application to International Admissions, 002 Gilchrist Hall, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018, USA, or e-mail pdf to admissionsprocessing@uni.edu.
  4. A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 6.5 (IELTS) or 79 (iBT) or higher for applicants whose first language is not English.
  5. Three letters of recommendation must be sent to International Admissions, 002 Gilchrist Hall, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0018, USA, or e-mail pdf to admissionsprocessing@uni.edu. These forms are found in the menu on the right hand side of this page.
  6. Information regarding an Application for Admission to Graduate Study can be found on the Graduate College webpage (http://www.grad.uni.edu/).


International Students Contact:

Graduate Admissions Office
002 Gilchrist Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018
USA
Tel.: +1.319.273.5925
Fax: +1.319.273.2885
Email: international.admissions@uni.edu


Program Coordinators

For more information, contact the coordinator or the graduate program you wish to enter:

MS-Biology
Dr. David Saunders, Email: david.saunders@uni.edu