Master of Science in Biological Sciences (GBIO) Admissions

As a GBIO student at UNE, you will be empowered with a comprehensive foundation of knowledge in biological concepts, offered the opportunity to conduct original research and prepare a thesis on a variety of topics, and benefit from our location by the sea and cutting-edge facilities.

Applying for 2019

Application for admissions must be submitted through the UNE Graduate Admissions Application.

  • The application portal for the Master of Science in Biological Sciences opens July 1, 2018 for Fall 2019 enrollment.
  • Detailed instructions are included on the application.
  • The application deadline for submission and completion is February 1, 2019 and decision letters will be made in mid-March.

Processing of applications

  • You are strongly encouraged to submit applications as early as possible in the cycle to ensure full consideration for admission.
  • UNE Graduate Admissions will notify you via email when we receive your application and additional email communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle.
  • Only candidates who meet minimum requirements will be considered for admission — just meeting minimums does not guarantee admission.
  • Candidates are reviewed by the program faculty and are admitted based on academics and experiences that might be the best fit with the open research opportunities.
  • All application decisions will be made after the February 1 deadline.
  • Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit an initial non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the class.

Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and any other supporting materials.

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


program admissions requirements


  • There are no specific course prerequisites


  • Completion of Bachelor’s Degree (BA or BS) in Biology or other related area from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to matriculation
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, required
  • Successful completion of the General Graduate Record Exam GRE with competitive scores (official score must be submitted from ETS directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the University of New England  (code # 3751)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted directly from the issuing institution to UNE’s Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Three (3) letters of reference from writers who know you and can speak to your academic and/or professional experience (letters from friends and family members will not be accepted)
  • Prior to or early in the admissions process, candidates are advised to communicate with faculty with whom they would like to work
  • Only those applicants who meet minimum requirements will be considered for admission


  • Applications for admission are accepted through the UNE Graduate Admissions application (detailed instructions are included in the application portal)
    • UNE application portal opens annually July 1
    • Applications must be electronically submitted by the posted deadline of February 1
      • Please Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit and complete your application well before the deadline for earliest consideration
      • A complete application includes the following:
        • Electronically submitted application
        • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
        • Official GRE score report sent directly from ETS to UNE Office of Graduate Admissions
        • Three (3) letters of reference
      • All completed applications will be reviewed by the program admissions committee after the application deadline with decisions mailed beginning in mid-March
      • Applications completed after the posted deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis, only
    • Accepted candidates will be expected to pay a minimal non-refundable deposit to secure your place in the program
      • Deposit is applied to any fees not covered by the assistantship or grant received upon acceptance
      • Deposit will be forfeited should the candidate decide not to matriculate in the program
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees
    • Must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited U.S. institution (International Admissions)
    • Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university
      • UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency          
      • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application


  • Policies have been established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made on a case by case basis, only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates

Transfer Credit


  • Transfer credits are rarely awarded to students who transfer from another biological science program
  • Transfer credits will be reviewed and awarded on a case-by-case basis

Advanced standing

No advanced standing available

Experiential Learning

No credit awarded for experiential learning

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