Biology: Graduate
Biology Graduate Programs
The Department of Biological Sciences offers graduate training for professional careers in both applied and fundamental areas of biology. Programs are available leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics, Proteomics/Genomics; , and Doctor of Philosophy. Major areas of concentration include molecular biology, microbiology, cell biology, development, genetics, physiology, neurobiology, behavior, ecology, conservation biology and evolution.  

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Note: Applications received before February 1 will be considered first



        * Send to the Biology Graduate Coordinator

Prerequisites to Graduate Work

Prerequisites for the graduate program include completion of a baccalaureate degree, normally in one of the biological sciences, and completion of course work in organic chemistry and calculus.

Applicants who are deficient (i.e., lacking organic chemistry and/or calculus) must complete these prerequisites by the end of their first year in the program.

A separate application to the Ph.D. program must be made by all students completing a master's degree, even if the degree is from Bowling Green State University. Within three semesters of entering the Department of Biological Sciences master's program at the University, a student may apply to enter the Ph.D. program subject to approval by the Graduate Committee.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the faculty websites, identify one or more faculty members in their area of interest, and contact them in order to make sure they are accepting students BEFORE applying to the program.


Admission Procedure

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate programs in biological sciences should follow the instructions outlined here. Note: all admission decisions are competitive and not all admitted students receive funding. Priority will be given to those students who apply early and have identified a potential faculty advisor.

Applicants to the M.S. and Ph.D. programs should indicate their intended area of specialization (e.g., Ecology & Conservation Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Neuroscience & Behavior) to facilitate the application process. If possible, applicants should identify up to 3 potential advisor(s); we recommend that you contact potential faculty advisors before applying to see if they are accepting new graduate students.

Financial Aid

Graduate teaching assistantships are available to qualified students; stipends are normally for nine months and include a waiver of instructional and nonresident fees. Fee waivers and stipends are also available during the summer term for continuing gradaute assistants.

All awards are made on a competitive basis and applications received by February 1 will be more competitive.

Renewal of assistantships and fellowships is contigent upon satisfactory completion of assignments and progress towards the degree. These awards provide a stipend and a waiver of instructional, nonresident and general fees. Predoctoral nonservice fellowships are available to Ph.D. students, normally during their last year of study.

In addition, opportunities for financial aid are available to graduate students through various small grants awarded on a competitive basis (Sigma Xi and Shanklin Awards); research grants to individual faculty members; and Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Work-Study, and short-term loans. Click here for more information about potential funding sources for your graduate education. Please visit BGSU's Office of Sponsored Programs and Research for a detailed list of funding opportunities.