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Master of Arts in Biological Sciences

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: December 15

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 100 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 600 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 7 6 6 6 6

Minimum GRE Scores

Test Type Verbal + Quantitative
GRE 308

The Division of Biological Sciences actively recruits outstanding graduate students from both national and international pools. Selected candidates are interviewed. The best are admitted to the division for graduate study. Even more important than the quantitative Grade Point Averages and GRE scores, we are interested in evidence of critical qualitative characteristics including: undergraduate research experiences and presentation of research results; ability to face and overcome obstacles; exceptional motivation, work ethic, intellectual vitality, initiative, creativity, critical thinking ability and leadership ability.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Biological Sciences Program

  • Biological Sciences program application (built into the Graduate Studies application)
  • GRE test scores
  • 3 Reference letters
  • Personal Statement
  • Statement of previous research or scholarly experience
  • Résumé

Admission contact information

College of Arts and Science
218 Tucker Hall
Columbia, MO 65211