Graduate Admissions

Doctorate Degree

Application Deadline
January 15th (US & International)
The application review process will begin January 2nd. 
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Entrance Examinations

GRE Test
Foreign students must submit TOEFL scores.


Prerequisite

Baccalaureate degree in applicable field of study or equivalent.
Master's degree is preferred, but not absolutely required.


Typical Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA 3.0 (Undergraduate cumulative GPA)
Successful applicants usually have a GRE combined score of 300 or above.
Find a willing adviser (highly recommended).


Requirements for Degree

Credit Hours (54 minimum):
-  36 coursework hours
-  18 dissertation hours (Bio 799R)


Required Courses

  • Bio 503
  • Bio 691R (2 credits)
  • No 100-400 level courses can apply toward doctorate degree.
  • All coursework credit hours must be completed at BYU or at some other accredited PhD-granting university. A maximum of 9 credit hours can be transferred from a PhD-granting university. Credit from institutions other than BYU must be approved by the Advisory Committee, the Graduate Coordinator, and Graduate Studies.
  • The residency requirement for PhD students is two full-time consecutive semesters (at least 6 credit hours per semester).
  • The minimum registration requirement is 6 credit hours per academic year. Students not meeting that requirement will be dropped from the graduate program.
  • One semester of teaching experience in the department is required for all PhD students.
  • Standard university dissertation or journal format must be used for dissertation.


Examinations

Qualifying Examination
Defense of Research
Oral Defense of Dissertation


Masters Degree

Application Deadline
January 15 (US & International)
The application review process will begin January 2nd.


Entrance Examinations

GRE Test
Foreign students must submit TOEFL scores.


Prerequisite

Baccalaureate degree in applicable field of study or equivalent.


Typical Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA 3.0 (undergraduate cumulative GPA)
Successful applicants usually have a GRE combined score of 300 or above.
Find a willing adviser (highly recommended).


Requirements for Degree

Credit Hours (30 minimum):
-  24 coursework hours
-  6 thesis hours (Bio 699R)


Required Courses

  • Bio 503
  • Bio 691R (1 credit)
  • No more than 9 hours of 300 or 400 level course credits can apply toward master's degree.
  • No more than 9 credit hours can be transferred from another university.
  • The residency requirement for master's students is two full-time consecutive semesters (at least 6 credit hours per semester).
  • The minimum registration requirement is 6 credit hours per academic year. Students not meeting that requirement will be dropped from the graduate program.
  • Standard university thesis or journal format must be used for thesis.


Examinations

Comprehensive Coursework Oral Examination
Defense of Research
Oral Defense of Thesis