About the program

As an M.S. in Biological Sciences (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 various topics, and benefit from our location by the sea and cutting-edge facilities.

Important Application Dates

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 program's current open research opportunities.
  • Decision letters will be communicated beginning in mid-March.

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



The University of New England 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 another 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 refer to the 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.


  • A current resume is required and should be uploaded directly to the 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, minimum score requirements, and test score submission instructions.

Other Important Information

  • 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 proceed through the admissions process.
  • Candidates are reviewed by program faculty. Admission is based on academics and experiences that might be the best fit with current open research opportunities.
  • Applications completed after the application 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 any assistantships or grants received upon acceptance.
  • Should the candidate decide not to matriculate in the program, the deposit will be forfeited.

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.


  • 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 will be 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.


Graduate Admissions and Recruitment

Office Hours

8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Portland Campus 

Girard Innovation Hall, room 254
716 Stevens Ave.
Portland, ME, 04103
(207) 221-4225

M.S. in Biological Sciences Admissions FAQ

How can I find out about the status of my application to UNE’s Master of Science in Biological Sciences program?

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your verified application from the Office of Graduate Admissions. All communication from Graduate Admissions will be sent to the email address listed on your GradCAS application. If you wish to check the status of your application please email the Office of Graduate Admissions

Does state residency play a role in admissions to UNE’s M.S. in Biological Sciences program?

There are no quotas for Maine or New England students. Prospective students from all geographic regions are encouraged to apply for admission.

Can I update or make changes to my M.S. in Biological Sciences application post-submission?

Yes, updates can be made post-submission. Experiences can be added, but edits of previously submitted information is not allowed. Coursework can be updated; however, updates are not verified and will not affect any GPA calculations. See more information about updating your GradCAS application

I am reapplying to UNE’s M.S. in Biological Sciences. What do I need to do?

Applicants reapplying to the UNE Master of Science in Biological Sciences program need to resubmit all application materials for any new cycle in which they apply, including: primary CAS application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, written statements and responses, fees and payments, and any additional required documentation. Applicants should also actively update their experiences, extracurricular activities, clinical involvement, and volunteering each cycle as well, to reflect the most up-to-date engagement.