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General Information

Application Deadline:  Applications received on or before December 1st will be considered first priority. Applications received after December 1st will be considered on a space-available basis. Therefore, please submit your application, letters of recommendation, and official transcripts as soon as possible.

More information about the application process:  Syracuse University Graduate Admissions.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked to list up to three Biology faculty members as potential research advisors.  These should be faculty whose research interests are most similar to your own.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have earned a B.S. or a B.A. degree and should have at least a minimal background in both physical and biological sciences, including the following: two years of biology, one year each of introductory chemistry, organic chemistry with laboratory, physics, and college-level calculus. Although not required, a year of biochemistry is desirable for students interested in cell and molecular biology, and training in statistical analysis is useful for students interested in ecology and evolution. Special consideration is given to students who have conducted undergraduate research and whose recommendations attest to their skills in the laboratory or field and promise in research.

Financial Support

Students are supported financially throughout their graduate career. This support typically comes in the form of a teaching assistantship and tuition scholarship during the academic year, with the student free to conduct their research full-time during the summer. Students may also be supported by their faculty research advisor's external grants or by Syracuse University Fellowships. Applying to local and national programs for graduate fellowships is strongly encouraged. (For more information about potential external sources of funding, please refer to our Financial Assistance webpage.)

Like most graduate programs in the Biological Sciences, we believe our graduate students should be concentrating on their research, not on trying to pay the rent. The current minimum level of support for the 2018-2019 academic year is $26,750, with additional summer support available, currently at the level of $2,500. Given Syracuse's low cost of living, this is a comfortable income. In addition, tuition is paid in full, and Syracuse University provides excellent health insurance options. University Fellows, graduate assistants, and graduate associates are eligible to participate in the University's Group Health Care Plan. Coverage details and premium rates can be found at the Syracuse University Office of Human Resources Employee Benefits webpage.

Application Procedure

Applications for Fall admissions received on or before DECEMBER 1st will be considered first priority. Applications received AFTER this date will be considered on a space-available basis.

APPLY on CollegeNET:  Online application

Letters of Recommendation MUST BE uploaded on CollegeNET by the recommender (this is the PREFERRED METHOD), OR delivered by mail in a sealed envelope to Graduate Admissions Processing directly from the recommender.  (Mailing address: Graduate Admissions Processing, P.O. Box 35060, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13235-5060)

Applications are reviewed by the Biology Department's Graduate Recruitment Committee. Decisions regarding suitability for admission and nominations for fellowships are made as soon as possible. Final decisions on financial support are usually made beginning in early March for the following academic year.

Incomplete applications may delay review of your application.

General Application Instructions

The Syracuse University Graduate Admissions office directs the processing of graduate admissions and applications for the entire University, including applications to the Biology Department Graduate Program. To begin your online application, please visit the Graduate Admissions website. The application fee is $75.

Required Application Materials

  • Syracuse University Graduate Application Form (online).
  • Personal Statement: include research and/or teaching experience, research interests, career goals, and identify faculty members in our program under whom you may be interested in working.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • Transcripts (unofficial transcripts may be uploaded for review purposes).
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants. Officials scores must be reported (use CODE: 2823).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. Officials scores must be reported (use CODE: 2823).

IMPORTANT NOTE regarding GPA, GRE, and TOEFL/IELTS scores:
We do not have any average or minimum required GPA, GRE scores, or TOEFL/IELTS scores.  Each applicant is evaluated on an individual basis.

SU Institution Code:  2823

The institution code for Syracuse University is 2823. You will be asked by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for this code when requesting that your official GRE and/or TOEFL scores be electronically forwarded to Syracuse University.

Supplemental Application Materials

Supplemental application materials being mailed to Syracuse University should be sent to one of the following two addresses, depending upon the delivery method:

Via the U.S. Postal Service:

Graduate Admissions Processing
P.O. Box 35060
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13235-5060

Via a package delivery service (e.g., FedEx, UPS, DHL):

Graduate Admissions Processing
716 East Washington Street, Suite 200
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13210-1572