Application Information

Apply by January 1 for full consideration.

Requirements for the Program

We expect students entering the program to be familiar with the fundamental principles of biological science. Usually students have majored in biology or one of its subdisciplines. Majors in chemistry, mathematics, computer science, or physics are acceptable, with a strong minor or concentration in biology.

Students also should have completed:

  • chemistry through organic or biochemistry
  • one year of physics
  • one year of mathematics through calculus

It is possible to waive some of these requirements, but students from a nontraditional background should contact the Director of Graduate Admissions.
Get answers to frequently asked questions about the admissions process.

A completed application consists of:

  • Official College Transcript
  • Official GRE Scores of the General Test. The Biology Subject Test is not required. We do not have a minimum required scores although most students admitted are in the 60th percentile or higher. We also do not disclose any statistics regarding the test scores (or GPA) of previous applicants.
  • Official scores from the TOEFL test if English is not your native language (a minimum score of 100 is required by our department). English proficiency can also be documented with an approximate 7.5 overall ban score on the the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Completed online university application form which includes a statement of your Previous Research Experience (if applicable), a statement of your Personal Goals, AND the names of Potential Faculty Mentors. Click here for a list of labs looking for students
  • Two letters of Recommendation (submitted on-line)*
    *Please note that your letters or recommendations will be requested automatically within approximately 48h of completion of your application. To assure that your recommenders have sufficient time to write and submit their letters, you will need to complete your online application early and/or make arrangements that letters will be send promptly after receipt of the online request. Please also note that if recommenders experience technical difficulties submitting letters through the online system, they also can e-mail them to

Faculty members play an integral role in the Admissions Process

Our program is a research graduate program, and all entering students are assigned a faculty advisor with whom they will begin research. Therefore, faculty evaluations of potential graduate students are important to decisions about admissions. We highly recommend contacting faculty members with whom you would be interested in working. Our web site includes email addresses, phone numbers and links to the research web pages of faculty. Our site also has a comprehensive list of faculty publications. If you have any questions concerning selection of a faculty mentor or focusing your research interests, please contact the Director of Graduate Admissions, Dr. Ishi Buffam. Click here for a list of faculty interested in accepting students into their lab for the upcoming year.

Most graduate students are fully supported by the University of Cincinnati

Most graduate students in our department receive a University Graduate Scholarship, which pays tuition and fees. In addition, students can receive additional support as a Graduate Assistant. GA's, under the guidance of faculty members, assist in undergraduate classes and laboratories. This 12 month stipend includes three weeks of teaching during the summer. The amounts of the GA stipends are $22,000 and $17,000/year for Ph.D. and M.S. students, respectively.

We only accept applications via the Graduate School web site.

Rebecca Meuerer, the Program Manager
Mailing address:
Graduate Admissions
Department of Biological Sciences
PO Box 210006
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0006

Phone: (513) 556-6241 Fax: (513) 556-5299