Applicants should have completed an undergraduate degree in one of the life sciences, with at least 3 semesters of Biology, including Microbiology, 4 semesters of Chemistry, including Organic Chemistry, 1 semester of Biochemistry, 2 semesters of Physics, and one advanced Mathematics course beyond algebra and trigonometry. Applications from students lacking any of the general requirements will be considered, but any deficiencies must be resolved before completion of the program. Qualified students are admitted to the Microbiology M.S. program under the non-thesis option.
A student desiring a thesis M.S. must identify a faculty member, or industrial/government partner, who agrees to serve as the student’s research advisor. The faculty member must write a letter that states the student will work in his or her lab, and the letter should be uploaded with the application packet in AIS.
For consideration, applications should be received by June 1.
Submit the on-line ApplyTexas application.
Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive a 9-digit Universal Identification Number (UIN). The UIN will allow you to log into the Application Information System (AIS). It is in AIS where you upload documents and submit your references’ information. Once you put in your references’ information, a digital form will be sent to them to fill out. You can access AIS at https://applicant.tamu.edu/.
In addition to the online application, you will need to submit the following:
- A Statement of Purpose should be submitted through AIS. The statement of purpose should then explain why you want to pursue graduate studies, why you are applying to our department, your research interests, and a description of your previous research experience. In addition, applicants should visit Faculty Research Interests to identify labs of interest for rotations, and include this information in the Statement of Purpose.
- Transcripts can be sent directly to the Texas A&M Office of Admissions (address below). While official transcripts are being sent to the university, you can upload unofficial transcripts to AIS.
- Two letters of recommendation along with the Graduate Letter of Recommendation Form should be submitted via AIS.
- Have GRE and TOEFL scores (for international applicants) sent to the Texas A&M Office of Admissions. The Institute Code for Texas A&M University is 6003 (there is no department code needed).
- We will also accept MCAT, PCAT, and DAT scores in place of the GRE scores
- Upload your resume or CV to AIS.
- For student’s applying to the thesis-option program, please upload a letter from the faculty member with whom you will work that states she/he will be your primary advisor.
- Applicants should visit the Faculty Research Interests page to identify the most suitable labs and contact the faculty directly.
Please do not send any materials directly to the Department of Biology. Everything should go to the Office of Admissions or uploaded through AIS.
Further information about Texas A&M and the application process can be found through the Office of Admissions.
Graduate Admissions Processing
Texas A&M University
General Services Complex, Suite 1601
750 Agronomy Road
College Station, TX 77843-0200
Phone: (979) 845-7755
Fax: (979) 845-2891