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Applicants to the Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences Program must have a minimum of a B.S. in a basic or applied science, although preference may be given to M.S. level applicants.

Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate School by February 15 for consideration for Fall Semester admission (occasionally late applications may be considered for admission in Spring Semester):

  1. A completed application for admission to the AState Graduate School (or to the Office of International Programs for international students). Forms are available directly from the Graduate Admissions webpage and the International Admissions webpage.
  2. One copy of official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work attempted, to be sent directly from the institution(s) previously attended. The Graduate School will compute the graduate GPA by counting all graduate courses completed, including any repeated courses.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, to be reviewed by both the Dean of the Graduate School and the Molecular Biosciences Program Committee.
  4. A personal statement (maximum of two pages) describing the student’s academic and research goals. Applicants are encouraged to identify areas of research interest as well as possible research mentors within the faculty of the Molecular Biosciences Program.
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the Verbal, Analytical and Quantitative tests. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination showing a score of 150 on both the verbal and quantitative tests, or a combined score of 300 (combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections for scores that used the old scoring system) are the minimum requirements. Although not required, scores from an advanced test related to Molecular Biosciences may increase a candidate’s chance for admission.
  6. A $50 nonrefundable application fee. Checks must be made payable to Arkansas State University. If applications are received without payment, the Graduate School will hold all materials and notify the applicants that no action will be taken until payment is received. International students may use a check or an International Postal Money Order to remit payment in U.S. currency.
  7. International student applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language if English is not their native language as stated by Office of International Programs. Please refer to the International Programs Graduate Admission Criteria for more information.