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Graduate Admissions

Take the next step in our graduate biology programs.

For admission to the graduate program, students must:

  • hold a bachelor’s degree in biology or related fields, or its equivalent
  • show promise of successful achievement in the field.

Prospective students must complete the application for graduate study and submit:

  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal essay, describing the applicant’s interest in biology, personal goals, and any circumstances related to the applicant’s prior academic record that may need explanation.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission, although GRE scores are helpful to the admissions committee, especially for international applicants. Applicants with at least a B average as undergraduates have a good chance of acceptance. Applicants with an average below a B may be admitted based on extenuating circumstances, relevant work experience, or other factors.

Admissions are on a rolling basis. Because of the time required to obtain a student visa, the deadline for international applicants for fall admission is May 1.

All admitted students enter the Biology Department as regularly matriculated students or (on an initial provisional basis) nondegree students.

Additional requirements for the Biotechnology Concentration

Students interested in the biotechnology concentration must first be admitted to the M.S. program in Biology through the regular application process and complete one semester (12 credits) of graduate courses. Students must have taken the GRE, or scored above 450 on the GMAT. The required exam can be taken after the student has been accepted to and enrolled in the M.S. in Biology.

Admission will be based on previous record, performance at Adelphi, and potential for success in biotechnology.


For further information, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
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