All successful applicants to the graduate program are provided financial aid through Graduate Assistantships and fellowships.
Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty directly (see Research Areas) for more information about individual laboratories.
Applicants should have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) and GRE combined (verbal and quantitative) scores of 300 (for the new test)/1000 (for the old test) or higher. The subject test of the GRE is not required. International students must also meet TOEFL score minima (79-80 minimum for internet based tests, 213 minimum for computer-based tests, and 550 mininum for paper-based tests) or IELT score minimum 6.5. Please see the Graduate School web page for Frequently Asked Questions.
To compete for financial aid, applications for fall admission must be completed by December 31 for international applicants and February 1 for domestic applicants. Applications are accepted after this date but the opportunities for financial aid are diminished. Most graduate teaching assistantships are awarded by April 1. October 31 is the deadline for spring semester applications (domestic students). We do not accept international applications for spring semester.
Commonwealth Campus Students
Applicants who want to improve their credentials for graduate school (or other professional schools) can register as commonwealth campus students, who may take graduate classes in Biological Sciences. If a commonwealth campus student later wishes to pursue a degree in Biological Sciences, he/she must apply for admission to regular degree status. Courses completed during the commonwealth campus phase can be applied towards an M.S. or Ph.D., if approval is given by the student’s advisory committee and the Graduate School (http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/programs/non_degree.html).
Correspondence and Information:
Sue Rasmussen (BiologyGrad@vt.edu)
Department of Biological Sciences (0406)
2095B Derring Hall
VPI & SU
Blacksburg, VA 24061