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Doctorate Degree

Application Deadline

  • January 15th (US & international)
  • The application review process will begin following the deadline.

Entrance Examinations

  • 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).
  • 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 following the deadline.

Entrance Examinations

  • 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)
  • 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