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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 2020

  • Application for admissions must be submitted through the UNE Graduate Admissions Application.
    • July 1, 2019: The application portal for the Master of Science in Biological Sciences opens for Fall 2020 enrollment
      • Detailed instructions are included on the application
    • February 1, 2020: Application deadline for submission and completion
    • Mid-March: Decision letters will be mailed
  • For questions regarding application process and status of application contact Office of Graduate Admissions at or (207) 602-2212
  • All candidates are strongly encouraged to submit applications as early as possible in the cycle to ensure full consideration for admission
  • Only those candidates who have electronically submitted the Graduate Admissions Application and have submitted all supporting documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions are eligible to be considered for admission

Processing of applications

  • UNE Graduate Admissions will notify you via email when we receive your application; additional email communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle
  • Only those candidates who meet minimum requirements will be considered for admission; just meeting minimums, however, 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 department’s open research opportunities
  • All application decisions will be made after the February 1 deadline with letters mailed starting mid-March
  • Upon acceptance candidates will be asked to submit an initial non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the class; deposit will be go toward any general fees applied to your student account

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)
  • 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; electronic submission does not complete your application and application is not complete until all supporting documents have been received in the Office of Graduate Admissions
      • Please Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit and complete your application well before the deadline for earliest consideration
    • ​Prior to or early in the application process, candidates are advised to communicate with faculty with whom they would like to work
      • Meeting with faculty during the application process does not in any way negate the need to fully complete the application and admissions process
    • All completed applications will be reviewed by the program admissions committee after the application deadline with decisions mailed beginning in mid-March
      • A complete application includes the following:
        • Electronically submitted application with personal essay, resume, and names of three (3) reference letter writers
        • 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
      • 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 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, individual candidates


  • No transfer credit granted


  • No advanced standing placement available


  • No credit awarded for experiential learning

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