Admissions Requirements, Procedures, and Deadlines

Admission Deadlines: Deadlines for applications are January 15 for the Fall semester and October 1 for the Spring semester. 

Applicants will be evaluated in a holistic manner to identify those who have the greatest potential for success in this program. Under most circumstances, competitive applicants to the program will have:

  • A B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited university.

  • An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 out of 4.0. Additionally, competitive applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in biology, 3.0 in chemistry and 3.0 in mathematics.

  • A competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test in AVERAGING at least the 50%ile (AVERAGE for the verbal and quantitative sections). Although the written section score is considered positively, it is not considered in the AVERAGE. For reference, in the past several years, a score of 158/159 corresponds to the 77%ile, a score of 155 on each section corresponds to 65%ile, and a score of 151 on each section corresponds to the 50%ile, while a score of 149 on each section corresponds to the 40%ile. The GRE may be waived for applicants with a M.D. from a U.S. institution.

  • EITHER a Major within biological sciences department or interdisciplinary areas of chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, biophysics, bioengineering, biotechnology, kinesiology, and health sciences OR a minimum of 24 hours in within biological sciences department or interdisciplinary areas of chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, biophysics, bioengineering, biotechnology, kinesiology, and health sciences.

  • Previous course work should include at least one course in genetics, physiology, and cell/molecular biology. Highly competitive applicants will have one year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and college level mathematics.

  • A Personal Statement (double spaced; limit to 2 pages) which clearly addresses: (1) why the applicant wishes to pursue a non-thesis Masters degree versus another type of graduate certificate or degree option is congruent with professional goals, (2) why the non-thesis Masters degree is desired in this specific UNC Charlotte program, and (3) faculty of interest to the applicant as potential major advisors. Note that not all faculty accept non-thesis Masters students, and applicants are encouraged to contact potential faculty during the application process. A list of graduate program faculty may be viewed here on our website.

  • The Graduate School requires a score of at least 83 on the Internet-based, 220 on the computer-based, or 557 on the paper based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS, for applicants whose native language is not English. The Department of Biological Sciences prefers a TOEFL score of at least 100. In addition, these students will be required to be evaluated by the English Language Training Institute at UNC Charlotte prior to the beginning of the first semester of study for determination of eligibility to hold a teaching assistantship at UNC Charlotte.

Checklist of Documents to be Submitted to the UNC Charlotte Graduate School for admission consideration:

  • the online application package submitted to Apply Now at uncc.edu

  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

  • official GRE scores (verbal, quantitative and analytical)

  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)

  • Personal Statement 

  • Three letters of reference, at least two of which must be from faculty members.

Admission Procedures:

  • UNC Charlotte uses the Apply Now system online.  The application must be completed online and submitted electronically once all required fields on the application have been completed.

Application materials and instructions are available on the Graduate School website.

  • If the Graduate School determines that the applicant meets the general requirements for admission, the application is forwarded to the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Biological Sciences. Applications cannot be forwarded to the Coordinator until all supporting documentation has been received by the Graduate School.

  • The Graduate Coordinator in consultation with the departmental Graduate Committee will determine if the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements for the program. If not, admission is denied and the application is returned to the Graduate School. If the admission requirements are met, the Graduate Coordinator or other faculty member in the applicant's area of interest may contact the student for a phone interview or to arrange a visit and personal interview on campus.

  • Once the interview process is completed, the Graduate Coordinator in consultation with the departmental Graduate Committee will re-review all competitive applications.  The most competitive applicants will be recommended for admission into the program to the Graduate School. 

  • The applicant will receive final notification from the Graduate School.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or sexual orientation. Accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities.