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.

List of faculty who may be potential mentors

2.    Application deadline. December 15 for admission the following fall term. (The online application will open September 14, 2021 and close at 11:59 p.m. PST on Dec. 15, 2021.) We only accept students to begin during fall term

3.    GRE scores. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) general exam scores are optional for application to Integrative Biology, beginning with the 2021-2022 application cycle. If submitting GRE scores, 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 an "unofficial transcript" and cannot be used for review or admission purposes.)

The Graduate School accepts 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.

Official paper transcripts can be sent by postal mail to:
Graduate School
Oregon State University
2900 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis OR 97331-2121

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 your interests, career goals and intended specialization. Include description of undergraduate research projects or other experiences that have influenced your decision to pursue graduate school and your intended field.  List prospective mentor(s) and why you want to work with them. Be sure to contact them first. Faculty will be reviewing your application based on the following criteria: 

  • Academic success
  • Scholarly potential
  • Commitment, persistence, and leadership
  • Life experiences and background

Note that information pertaining to some of these categories may not be evident from a CV.  We encourage you to share your unique experiences, in addition to traditional measures of academic achievement, in your essay.

7.    Letters of recommendation. Three letters of recommendation are required. A fourth one is optional. 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 required.

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.

View slides and a video presentation by the Graduate School on applying for an NSF-GRFP, as well as access applicant resources.

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.

Graduate School Admissions

FAQs about the Integrative Biology graduate program

Research Areas in Integrative Biology

Contact: Traci Durrell-Khalife, Graduate Admissions Coordinator