Admissions Requirements & Deadlines

Admissions Requirements

The Graduate Programs administered by MCBS [Biochemistry (M.S. and Ph.D.); Genetics (M.S. and Ph.D.); Microbiology (M.S. and Ph.D.); and Molecular and Evolutionary Systems Biology (Ph.D.)] conduct a coordinated graduate admissions process. All applications to the graduate programs administered by MCBS are organized into a single pool for review and comment by all graduate faculty of these graduate programs and for evaluation by the Admissions Committee. 

Successful applicants should have a strong background of undergraduate courses in the basic physical sciences (chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, calculus, statistics, computer science) and in the life sciences (introductory biology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics). Prior research experience is also desirable. Otherwise well-qualified applicants will be permitted to correct deficiencies in undergraduate education by enrollment in the appropriate courses or by independent study during the first year.

Before completing a regular application, review the descriptions of the research programs of participating faculty. These can be found within one or more of the research foci posted on the home page. Click on each faculty member’s name to obtain additional information about that individual's research interests.

Applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the GRE (UNH GRE code is 3918) and three letters of recommendation. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must also provide TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. For international applicants, TOEFL scores of 550 on the paper exam, 213 on the computer exam, or 80 on the IBT are typical.  Please indicate in your application which areas of research and which individual faculty most interest you.

For you to be considered an active applicant we require a completed application which includes three letters of recommendation, TOEFL scores (international applicants only) and GRE scores (the UNH GRE code is 3918).  International students who wish to apply to a graduate degree program (MS or PhD) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) must first complete the on-line pre-application and receive approval from the department before submitting the regular application.  There is no fee for completing the on-line pre-application.  [International students who are currently residents of the U.S. do not need to complete the on-line pre-application and can submit a regular UNH Graduate School application].

For details on the application process, go to UNH Graduate School.

Financial Support

Offers of admission are typically made during March and April.  Offers for fall admissions include financial support in the form of either a teaching assistantship (TA) or a research assistantship (RA) (both of which typically include a full tuition waiver). 


Application deadline for priority consideration January 15
Grad Admissions Committee meetings January - April

First round of early offers

Late January

MCBS Grad Open House: campus visit by accepted and prospective graduate students Late February/Early March
Second round of offers Late March
Final round of offers Late April

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