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Ph.D. Program
Prospective Students

Beginning on December 1, the Department of Biological Sciences will evaluate applications to the Ph.D. program in the order in which they were submitted. All applications submitted prior to the final deadline, January 2, 2020, will be evaluated, but applicants submitting their applications earlier are more likely to be invited to the recruitment Open Houses. The first of these will take place in late January, the second in early March.


Step 1: Read the letter from the Department 

Letter to Ph.D. in Biological Sciences applicants 

Step 2: Applying

Apply online (

Please note that when using the online application process, you will still need to submit letters of evaluation, supporting materials, transcripts and standardized test scores.

Further information about the online application can be found on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) website including the GSAS Admissions forms library.

Step 3: Check the status of your application

Once you have submitted your application, you can check the status of your application online.

If you feel you have a question that cannot be answered by the Biological Sciences FAQ webpage or the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Admissions Office Admissions FAQ webpage, you may email the admissions office directly via email at with "Question Not Answered on Website or Change Application Information" in the subject line. In the text of the email, you must include your name, date of birth and the department to which you are applying, "Biological Sciences".

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