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Biology Graduate Admissions FAQ

How many applications are received by the Biology Graduate program each year?

Approximately 100-150 applications are received per year.

What are the application requirements?

  • Completed online application
  • Updated résumé/CV
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants)
  • Official GRE scores (optional)

What are the minimum GRE and TOEFL scores for admissions to this program?

The GRE is not required for the MS or PhD in Biological Sciences. There are no strict minimum requirements for the TOEFL. All those interested in the Biology graduate program at Drexel University are encouraged to submit an application.

Should I contact biology faculty prior to submission of my application?

Please feel free to contact faculty members with research that pertains to your own interests. We also recommend including the names of faculty that you would be interested in working with on your application.

Does the Biology Graduate program accept international students?

Yes. The biology department has multiple students and faculty from countries around the world.

What are the research opportunities provided to students in the Biology Graduate program?

Graduate students have the opportunity to rotate in up to three labs. In some cases, first-year students can be directly recruited into a lab, but this is not common.

Does the Department of Biology provide an opportunity for prospective and newly admitted students to visit?

Yes, competitive applicants will be invited to visit campus and interview with faculty at an event usually held in February. 

What is the academic philosophy of the Department of Biology?

The Department of Biology stresses collaborative interactions among students and faculty, and creates an environment to engender supportive interaction between students and their faculty mentors.

What are the degree requirements to earn a doctoral degree in the Biology Graduate program?

  • Required coursework (completed during first 12-24 months)
  • First-year student research presentation (once per quarter)
  • Selection of dissertation mentor
  • Dissertation topic
  • Attendance at weekly seminar
  • Annual presentation of research at seminar for third-years and above
  • Candidacy examination
  • Dissertation defense

How are graduate students supported while earning their degree?

Students are supported by teaching fellowships and research fellowships.

How long does it take to complete a doctoral degree in Drexel’s Biology Graduate program?

It typically takes between five to seven years to complete a doctoral degree in Drexel’s Biology Graduate program.

How do I submit my application to Drexel’s Biology Graduate program?