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Effective September 1, 2021, the Department of Biology has been reorganized into three new departments.
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Biology M.S. Program




Applications to the Biology M.S. program are only accepted online. Apply online through the UTSA Graduate School Information and Application Portal.

Fall Deadlines

International: March 1
Priority Domestic: March 15
Final Domestic: June 15

Spring Deadlines

International: August 15
Priority Domestic: September 15
Final Domestic: October 15

Summer Deadlines

International: February 1
Domestic: April 15

Criteria for Admission into the UTSA Biology M.S. Program

To be considered for degree-seeking status, applicants must submit, along with the application, two letters of recommendation, a Statement of Future Plans for a career in Biology, and scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement for a GRE score has been waived for applications through Fall 2021.

In addition to satisfying the university-wide graduate admission requirements, applicants are expected to have completed an undergraduate major in the sciences with coursework comparable to the core required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at UTSA. In particular, incoming students are required to have taken, and received at least a grade of "B" in upper-division undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in genetics, cell biology and biochemistry, and two upper division undergraduate courses.

Students whose undergraduate preparation is deficient in one of these areas of requirements but who meet the remaining standards for admission may be conditionally admitted and required to complete specific undergraduate course(s) as a condition of admission. In such cases, students should anticipate additional time will be required to complete the degree.

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for admission. Students who are denied admission to the degree-seeking M.S. program must reapply if interested in admittance as a special graduate student or a non-degree-seeking graduate student. The nature of the program may dictate a limited number of students admitted each year.


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