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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 gradadmissions2@une.edu 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.

Admissions

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 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.