Faculty will identify students for consideration from the applicant pool. Each student will require a faculty advisor. Applicants will only be considered if a faculty member is willing to advise that student. Applicants therefore identify prospective advisors prior to submitting an application and indicate this on application.

There will be a graduate admission committee (three faculty members) responsible for accepting students. The committee will evaluate standardized test scores, course grades, and letters of recommendations as per comparable programs (BBSP, EEOB).  After evaluation of the online application forms, selected prospective students will be interviewed by at least one (or two) admissions committee member via phone or video-conference.

Once matriculated the Biology QBio track students will be administered by the Biology Director of Graduate Studies.

The deadline for applications for Fall 2019 admissions is December 4, 2018.  Applications will not be accepted after this date. Once applications are received, we evaluate them to determine who we will invite to visit our campus and interview. You must apply online through the UNC graduate college: https://applynow.unc.edu/apply/.


Required Application Materials

The online application must be completed in its entirety and the non-refundable application fee of $90 paid before the application is considered complete.

Applications that are not complete by the deadline will not be reviewed. The following items are needed in the application:

  1. All materials required by the graduate college (available at http://gradschool.unc.edu/admissions/instructions.html)
  2. A listing of one or more faculty with whom you wish to conduct research
  3. A listing of the research area(s) in which you wish to work (via the Area of Interest/Specialization drop-down box within the application)
  4. The Graduate College’s required “Statement of Purpose” must consist of an essay (1-3 pages) describing research interests, proposed approaches, and career goals
  5. In addition to the required Statement of Purpose, provide an essay (1-3 pages) describing prior research experience and its relationship to research interests and career goals. This should be uploaded as a Supplemental Document


You must take the general test. We recommend taking the GREs in the Fall prior to the year for which you are applying. GRE scores must be less than 5 years old and it is recommended that scores be at least 50th percentile in each general category.


What happens after you apply…

Your application is reviewed by the departmental admissions committee. In January, we decide which applicants will be invited in for on-campus interviews. On occasion, applicants may also be “wait listed” at this point; they may be invited in for an interview later pending decisions made after earlier campus interviews take place. In March and April, final decisions are made and applicants are notified.

Note that applicants are admitted ONLY if a faculty member is willing to advise that student. You must therefore identify prospective advisors prior to submitting an application and indicate this on your application.

You can monitor you application through the online application system.


Other Requirements

  1. TOEFL, required of all international students (except those from countries where English is the official language, or those who have received a degree from a US university) and cannot be over 2 years old. The Graduate School minimum acceptable score is 90 (internet-based test) or 577 (paper-based test).
  2. GPA minimum of 3.0


Contact Information

For department information:
Kenlyn Merritt
Biology Graduate Admissions
CB# 3280, 202 Coker Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280
E-mail: grad@bio.unc.edu

For online application for admission:
Graduate School
CB# 4010, Bynum Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4010