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Application Procedure for MS or PhD in Integrative Biology (formerly Zoology)
1. Review our list of faculty & contact potential mentors. Email those whose research interests are similar to yours. Give a brief background of your coursework and research experience. Express your interest in joining their lab. They should be able to let you know if they anticipate accepting a graduate student next year.
2. Application deadline. December 15 (or the next business day) for admission the following fall term. We only accept students to begin during fall term. Apply on time for full consideration. Applications are being accepted now for fall 2018 admission.
3. GRE scores. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) general exam scores are required for application to Integrative Biology. Ideally, scores should be in the 70th percentile or above in each category. OSU's code is 4586. No departmental code is required.
4. GPA. Oregon State University requires a 3.0 or better GPA for Graduate School. However, among students we accept it tends to be 3.5 or better.
5. Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded for initial review of applications. Applicants who are accepted must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary work completed. (An "unofficial transcript" is a photocopy of an official transcript and includes a transcript key. A web-generated transcript isn't considered to be "unofficial.")
The Graduate School is now accepting electronic transcripts from Parchment, E-Scrip Safe, and National Clearinghouse. If sending transcripts through one of these services, please select Oregon State University Graduate Admissions as the recipient.
6. Essay/Statement of Objectives/Letter of Intent. For our purposes, these are all synonymous. Typical length is about 2 pages. Address such topics as undergraduate research projects; your interests, career goals and intended specialization; why you want to attend graduate school. List prospective mentor(s) and why you want to work with them. Be sure to contact them first.
7. Letters of recommendation. Three letters of recommendation are required. A fourth one is optional (the application system only allows three; if you have a fourth, have it emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org). These should be from faculty members whose course(s) you’ve taken or in whose lab you’ve worked. You may have a letter from a supervisor, if you worked in a relevant field. The application system will send requests to your referees for online submission of letters.
8. Curriculum Vita. Submitting your CV is not required, but is recommended.
9. Supporting Materials. It is optional to submit other information, documents or publications that support your application.
10. International Applicants. Admission requirements.
Apply for Fellowships
Apply for fellowships, such as those offered by the National Science Foundation. Investigate all relevant fellowships that are available. Your college or university should have a central clearing house for this information. If you are awarded a fellowship, it’s more likely you’ll be accepted into a graduate school of your choice. This is because a fellow is likely to be a good student and will require less financial support from the university.
Visit Oregon State University & Meet Potential Mentors
The Department of Integrative Biology does not have a specific visitation weekend for prospective graduate students. Contact your potential mentors to arrange your visit. Meeting graduate students in those labs is also helpful. You may also wish to meet with the Graduate Coordinator to learn more about the application process. Typically, the best time to visit in terms of the recruiting & application cycle is January to mid-March. Prepare for your visit by reading recent publications by the faculty member & becoming familiar with the research. Make a list of questions to ask while you’re here.
To arrange a campus tour during your visit, please contact the OSU Visitor Center. http://oregonstate.edu/visitosu/
FAQs about the Integrative Biology graduate program
Research Areas in Integrative BiologyContact: Traci Durrell-Khalife, Graduate Admissions Coordinator