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.

Important Application Dates

We are transitioning to a new application system for fall 2021 admissions. All applicants interested in applying for fall 2021 admission should apply through GradCAS. The new application portal will open on September 10, 2020.

Application Process

  • All complete applications are reviewed by program faculty, with decisions made after the February 1 application deadline.
  • All applicants must meet minimum requirements to be considered for admission. However, please note that meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
  • Applications are reviewed and considered for admission based on a combination of academics and experience that best fits with the department’s current open research opportunities.
  • Decision letters will be communicated beginning in mid-March.

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

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
 

APPLICATION

The University of New England Department of Biology participates in the Graduate Centralized Application Service (GradCAS). All applicants are required to apply online through this service.

DEGREE REQUIREMENT

Completion of Bachelor’s Degree in Biology (or other related area) from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to matriculation.

  • All applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Official transcripts should be sent directly to GradCAS. Please see GradCAS application for additional information and instructions.

GPA REQUIREMENT

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (inclusive of all coursework taken with no forgiveness for retakes).
  • All applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements to be considered for admission.

STANDARDIZED TESTS

  • Satisfactory completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within 5 years of application.
  • Official GRE score reports should be submitted directly to GradCAS. Please refer to GradCAS application for program GRE code and submission instructions.

RESUME

  • A current resume is required and should be uploaded directly to your GradCAs application.

LETTERS OF REFERENCE

Three (3) letters of reference are required* – submitted via GradCAS

  • Letters should come from a person of your choice who can speak to your academic and/or professional experience.
    *Letters from friends or family members are not acceptable

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

International applicants and those with foreign degrees and coursework are required to satisfy the following additional requirements:

  • Official credential evaluation by World Education Service (WES), confirming degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. The completed credential evaluation should be sent directly to GradCAS. Please refer to the International Admissions section of the UNE website for more information on the type of credential evaluation required for admission review.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate written and spoken fluency through the successful completion of a UNE approved English language proficiency test.
  • Applicants should refer to the English Language Proficiency page on the UNE website for specific information on acceptable tests and minimum score requirements.
  • Please refer to the GradCAS application for test score submission instructions.

OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Prior to or early in the application process, applicants are strongly advised to communicate with UNE 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.
  • Candidates are reviewed by program faculty and are admitted based on academics and experiences that might be the best fit with the department’s open research opportunities.
  • Applications completed after the posted deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • Applicants offered admission will be expected to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure a seat in the program.
  • The non-refundable deposit is applied toward fees not covered by the assistantship or grant received upon acceptance.
  • Should the candidate decide not to matriculate in the program, the deposit will be forfeited.

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 other supporting materials.

Due to continuing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, some application requirements and processes may change during the cycle for the health and safety of the university, its employees, and prospective students/applicants. We appreciate your flexibility and consideration.

POLICY EXCEPTIONS

  • 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.

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

Apply Now or Request Information

Apply online for admission to our M.S. in Biological Sciences program or request more information about the program.

Contact Graduate Admissions

Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (207) 602-2212 or email gradadmissions2@une.edu.

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