Between our two programs (MCEB and EEOB), we receive ~160 applications each year, and typically accept ~15% of those applicants. Our average class size is 15-20 students.
The School of Biological Sciences PhD Program is a full-time program. Students who are admitted into the School of Biological Sciences Master of Science Program may elect the number of credit hours per semester.
It takes, on average, 5 to 6 years.
EEOB Program: Typically, applicants have an undergraduate degree in biology or related sciences. Ideally, the undergraduate record should be strong in all areas. All applicants, regardless of major, should show evidence of ability to perform well in science courses, particularly those stressing quantitative skills. Many successful applicants have had some sort of independent laboratory or field work experience indicative of an informed commitment to a research career. This experience should be detailed in the personal statement section of the application.
MCEB Program: Ideally, the undergraduate record should be strong in all areas with evidence of substantial preparation for advanced study in the research areas covered by the MCEB program. The ability to perform well in science courses, particularly those stressing quantitative skills, is most important. Many successful applicants have had some sort of independent laboratory or field work experience indicative of an informed commitment to a research career. This experience should be detailed in the personal statement section of the application.
- Please be aware you will be leaving the University of Utah School of Biological Sciences Graduate Program site and going to the online application system (slate-future.admissions.utah.edu/apply. Your information is transmitted through a secure server.
- You will need to "Create an Account" and register to begin your application process. Please make sure to save your login information to get back into your application.
The application fee is $55 for domestic applicants and $65 for international applicants.
Domestic students may use the application fee waiver code apply24biol for Fall 2024 in the Application fee waiver code field under at the bottom of the Additional Materials section.
International students are not eligible for a fee waiver for Fall 2024. The non-refundable graduate application fee is $65 for international applicants. The application fee must be paid in order to consider your application complete.
Application fee waiver codes are program specific and data entry errors or codes created by other programs will not be honored or credited. The University of Utah and School of Biological Sciences cannot reimburse or reverse application fees paid by the applicant.
Faculty and departments are not able to provide or sponsor application fee waivers for international students.
Documents should be submitted as early as possible and well in advance of the deadline of December 1, 2023. For upload instructions, please refer to the Academic History and Additional Materials sections of the Slate application.
You will receive an offer letter from the School of Biological Sciences Graduate Program after your personal interview. Your official acceptance letter (and I-20 certificate for international students) will come from the University of Utah Office of Admissions after they review your documents and determine that you have meet the Graduate School admissions requirements. The official acceptance letter will be sent by postal mail and will contain your student ID number and important registration information. Your accepted status is not official until you receive both letters.
Many successful applicants have had some sort of independent laboratory experience indicative of an informed commitment to a research career. This experience should be detailed in the personal statement section of the application.
Please write an essay that includes:
- A description of your overall academic interests and goals.Why do you seek graduate training?
- A description of your specific scientific interests and a list of faculty in this school whose research interests seem compatible with yours. Can you identify one or two potential research advisors among the faculty? More generally, your statement should indicate why you are applying tothis
- A summary of your previous research experience or jobs involving laboratory or field work.
- A brief account of relevant teaching or tutoring experience you have had.
- Any other facts about you that might be of help in the review process.
In the Education section of the AY application, please upload pdf copies of ALL of your official transcripts from each college or university attended (college/university level only). These transcripts will be used as working copies during the admissions evaluation process. Transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions will not be uploaded to the AY application on your behalf. For questions related to transcripts, please visit - https://admissions.utah.edu/apply/graduate/.
You should arrange for at least three letters of support from persons in positions to evaluate your potential for success as a graduate student (for example, prior advisors or supervisors, or instructors familiar with the applicant). Strong letters have a significant impact on admissions decisions. Letters from persons familiar with your research potential are especially encouraged.
Three letters of recommendation must be submitted into the "ApplyYourself" system by your recommenders by the application deadline. You can log back into your application and resend the recommender notification. If you would like to send a reminder, check the box next to his/her name and click on the "resend" button. This will automatically generate a reminder email. Applicants who apply to the Biology Graduate Program must waive their right to view recommendation forms and letters. This is done through the recommendation section in ApplyYourself. Applicants to the Biology Graduate Program are required to waive their right to view letters. This is done through the online ApplyYourself application.
These tests are not required, nor will they be considered in evaluating applicants.
English proficiency may be demonstrated by graduate applicants in one of the following ways:
- TOEFL: minimum score of 80 (Internet-based test)
- IELTS: An overall minimum band score of 6.5
- An associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university completed within two years of admittance
- A bachelor’s degree or higher completed within the last two years from an officially-recognized college or university in one of the following countries listed on the University of Utah office of Admissions website.
All TOEFL and IELTS test dates must be within two years of admission for scores to be valid. For fall 2023, the Biology Graduate Program does not accept TOEFL or IELTS scores that expire prior May 1, 2023.
For information on TOEFL waiver options, please visit the University of Utah Office of Admissions - https://admissions.utah.edu/english-proficiency/.
The University of Utah Educational Testing Service (ETS) code is 4853.