Master of Science in Biological Sciences (GBIO) Admissions

Important Dates to Remember

  • February 1 application deadline for Fall 2016
  • March 15 Decision letters sent to accepted students
  • April 15 Deadline for accepting offer of Admission

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.


Prerequisite Courses









General Chemistry













  • Graduation from a US regionally accredited baccalaureate or higher degree program.  (If the Bachelor’s degree is in progress at the time of application, it must be completed prior to enrollment.)
  • All science prerequisites must include a lab component and must be completed  prior to enrollment (summer term for research assistantships; fall for others) into the program, preferably before application
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C-“grades are not acceptable).
  • Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 and minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0, required
  • Successful completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with competitive score and submission of official score report
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions to complete application file
  • Prior to or early in the admissions process, students are advised to communicate with faculty with whom they would like to work.


  • Applications for admissions are accepted through the University of New England’s online application.  Detailed instructions are included in the online application portal.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically by the posted deadline. 
  • All completed applications will be reviewed by the program admissions committee after the application deadline.  Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis only.
  • Decision letters will be mailed and sent as email attachment at the beginning of March each year.
  • Accepted students will be expected to pay a minimal non-refundable deposit to secure the seat for the program by the deadline indicated in the decision letter.  The deposit will be applied to any fees that are not covered by the assistantship or grant that the student receives upon acceptance. (Deposit is non-refundable and will be forfeited should student decide not to matriculate into the program.)
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution. See International Admissions for a list of educational credential evaluators. 
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university. UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency International Admissions.)If applicable, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) requirement must be completed and score received by the application deadline.

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the Biological Sciences website.

Policy exceptions

The Master of Science in Biological Sciences program and the Biological Sciences Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

No transfer credit will be granted.

Advanced standing

There is no advanced standing available.

Experiential Learning

No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.