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Admissions Requirements

Students must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and demonstrate good preparation in the following subjects: Biological Sciences, Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.

GPA: A minimum graduation grade-point index of 3.0 or equivalent is required for unconditional admission.  An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 does not guarantee admission.  Applicants with GPAs of 3.0 or slightly above will be expected to have a science course GPA of 3.0

GRE:  All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination General test. For those students who took the GRE exam prior to August 1, 2011, a cumulative score of 1000 with a minimum score of 400 in the verbal section is considered the minimum required for admission.  These scores corresponded to an average verbal plus quantitative totals in recent years of 1170 for M.S. programs and 1200 for the PH.D. Greater than 3.5 is the minimum score required on the Analytical writing portion of the GRE.

  • The new GRE test implemented August 1, 2011 will have corresponding minimal score requirements as follows:
    • A combined total of 295 for the verbal and quantitative sections of the test
    • A verbal score of not less than 146 and a quantitative score of not less than 145
    • A 3.5 score on the analytical portion of the test is required
    • In place of the GRE, non-thesis MS applications can use the new MCAT test implemented April 2015 or the DAT with corresponding minimal score requirements as follows:
      • MCAT: A combined total of greater than 497, which was taken within the last 3 years.
      • DAT: A minimum total of 17, which was taken within the last 3 years.

English Proficiency Requirements:  International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

  • The minimum scores required for admission are 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 80 on the internet-based test (foreign students only).
  • There are no automatic waivers.
  • TOEFL score requirements:
    • iBT overall score ≥ 80
    • Writing ≥ 18
    • Speaking ≥ 22
    • Listening ≥ 16
    • Reading ≥ 19
  • To be eligible for Teaching Assistantships, foreign applicants must pass the English Language Proficiency screening administered by the IUPUI ESL Program.

International Students

For more information, visit the International Admissions Website.

Tuition Costs (Non-Thesis Students)

IUPUI is consistently recognized as a great value -- offering a top quality education at an affordable price.  Graduate tuition at IUPUI is calculated by credit hours of classes. Rates for science courses are $338.50 per credit hour for Indiana residents, and $977.70 for non-residents.

Reasonable tuition and fees, ample scholarship opportunities, and financial aid programs make the IUPUI School of Science a smart choice.

The IUPUI Tuition & Fee Estimator can help calculate your estimated costs.

Financial Support for Graduate Study

Students may be eligible for a variety of University and Department support packages. Learn more.

International Students

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Please ensure you meet all minimum requirements BEFORE you apply.

The  complete application (on-line application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores) is required by the indicated deadlines. 


Complete the IUPUI Online Application:

  • Application Information Tab: 
    • Select Academic Program: Biology (Purdue University)
    • Select Academic Plan: The choices are as follows: Pre-Professional Non-Thesis, MS non-thesis, MS thesis, and PhD.
  • Department Information Tab: 
    • Personal Statement: Provide a statement (approximately 750 words) that identifies your academic goals, career objectives, why you are applying to this program, and the qualifications you have that make you a strong candidate for this program. (On the application, ignore the statement that says "check the department page for more specific information". The statement provided above is sufficient for the writing your personal statement.) 

You must pay a fee in order to submit your application. 
IMPORTANT NOTE:  An email will be sent to you when our department receives your complete application. If you do not receive an application submission email within 3-4 weeks, please email or call to verify that we have it. We have several students who mistakenly select the wrong Academic Objective and their application goes to another department. It is important to check your email to verify we received your application. If your application is misdirected, it can be easily switched over to our department.


The  complete application (on-line application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores) is required before the graduate committee will review your file. Include your name on all typed, uploaded documents.

Mail the following to: 

IUPUI Biology Department 
ATTN: Graduate secretary 
723 West Michigan Street, SL 306 
Indianapolis, IN 46202

  1. Transcripts: Two original copies of the official transcript(s) of all previous university work are required, including IU campuses:  IUB, IUPUI, IUPUC, etc. Please have official copies sent directly to the address above.
  2. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required. The preferred method is using the on-line section within the application. If you have a person who does not wish to fill out the recommendation on-line, he or she may write a standard letter and mail it to the department. They can also include an optional recommendation form, but it is NOT required. Or, you may call the Department of Biology at (317) 274-0577, or e-mail biograd@iupui.edu, with your address to have the optional form mailed to you. We also accept "committee packets" that universities put together for their students. At least two letters should come from professors in previous science classes and should address the applicant's aptitude and potential in a biology program at the graduate level.
  3. Exams (GRE & TOEFL):GRE and/or English language proficiency scores mailed directly to us from Educational Testing Service.
    GRE and TOEFL codes: IUPUI = 1325, Biology Department = 0203
  4. Fellowships & Assistantship: If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, complete the form: "Release of Confidential Information to the University Fellowship Subcommittee."

Application Deadlines

Follow the application instructions. The  complete application (on-line application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores) is required by the indicated deadlines.  

  • Ph. D.: Recommended application date: January 1; final deadline: March 1
  • M.S. Thesis (full time with support)
    Fall entry: April 1
    Spring entry: October 1
  • Pre-Professional Non-Thesis and M.S. Non-Thesis
    Fall entry: August 1 (dependent on classroom seat availability)
    Spring entry: December 1 (dependent on classroom seat availability)

Note: Fall semester deadline to be considered for a Fellowship or a Teaching Assistantship is March 15. In addition University Fellowships are available. Those have an earlier deadline of January 15.

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