Applying for graduate school is a three-step process:
- Make contact with faculty member(s) whose research interests you
- Review admission requirements
- Submit required application materials to the Graduate College
1. Make contact with faculty member(s)
In order to be accepted into the Integrative Biology Graduate Program, you must have a faculty member in the department who accepts you into their lab. This is necessary to ensure that there will be space in the department for you and that there will be at least one faculty member who will take responsibility for your research training. Therefore, it is critical that you identify one or more faculty members with whom you share research interests and that you make contact with them directly to introduce yourself and to inquire if they will be accepting new students. If you have not already done so, be sure to examine the research interests of (and contact information for) Integrative Biology Faculty here.
2. Review admission requirements
1. Academic GPA: a GPA of 3.00 or better in all undergraduate coursework.
2. GRE scores: required minimum scores of 150 on Verbal Reasoning (scale 130-170), 150 on Quantitative Reasoning (scale 130-170), and 4.5 on Analytical Writing (scale 0-6.0).
3. Description of preparation and accomplishments ( see below for details) indicating promise in graduate work.
Applicants failing to meet the minimum GPA or failing to meet more than one of the minimum scores for the GRE may be admitted on academic probation. Students on probation must obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better during their first 9 hours or they may be dismissed from the Zoology Graduate Program.
3. Submit application materials to the Graduate College
Required application materials include:
Goals Statement: Submit a goals statement specifying your area of interest, outlining your qualifications and experience in this area and associated career goals, and indicating whether you wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship (if so, please describe any previous teaching experience). You should also indicate the faculty member (s) with whom you have been in contact and list them in order of your preference as your possible advisor.
Curriculum Vitae: Submit your Curriculum Vitae, which gives your contact information, summarizes your educational and employment history, and lists honors and awards, teaching and research experience, grants or scholarships, professional presentations and publications, and any other professional accomplishments or qualifications.
Teaching Assistantship Application: Most students are supported financially through teaching assistantships, for which students typically teach laboratory sections of the courses offered in Zoology. Details that you provide in this section of the application may be helpful in determining courses for which you have particular experience/expertise.
Letters of Recommendation: Have at least three individuals familiar with your academic or professional performance write letters of recommendation on your behalf.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores: GRE scores are required prior to admission.
Student Application Deadlines: The deadline for receiving all application materials for admission in the Fall semester is 1 February. Applications received after the deadline can still be considered, however submission of all materials prior to the deadline will quarantee that the applicant will be considered for available teaching and/or research assistantships. OSU belongs to a large consortium of universities who have agreed that applicants who are accepted and offered financial support in the form of an assistantship do not have to make a final decision on accepting that support until 15 April. (https://www.cgsnet.org/ckfinder/userfiles/files/CGS_Resolution.pdf).
We do not have an application deadline for admission in the Spring semester; most students are admitted for the Fall semester.