applying to the bisi graduate program

The BISI program is an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary training program leading to a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. BISI currently accepts applications to the Non-Thesis Masters and PhD programs. BISI requires full-time enrollment. The complexity and depth of the biological sciences requires full-time study to successfully complete doctoral-level research. 




  • Earned a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)

  • At least one year of research experience

  • TOEFL scores of 100 or greater (international applicants only)

  • Strong letters of recommendation from people that can speak of their academic and research strengths

  • GRE scores in the 70th percentile or higher and analytical scores of at least 4.0

  • A demonstrated academic focus in a relevant or related scientific field





  • Short Essays (Statement of Purpose and Supplemental Research Statement)

  • CV/Resume

  • Unofficial transcripts

  • Letters of Recommendation

    • Test Scores (UMD Code: 5814)

    • GRE Scores (general)


  • TOEFL/IELTS scores (international applicants)

  • Identification of Areas of Interest

  • Identification of 3 to 5 BISI faculty whose research is of interest to you and with whom you would like to work

  • Listing of Presentations and Publications

  • Non-refundable application fee ($75)



The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students. International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer and contact them with related questions.

Admitted international students must provide any additional documentation requested by ISSS in order to apply for the appropriate visa approvals for study at the University of Maryland. Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.

The Biological Sciences Graduate Program does not participate in the provisional program for applicants in need of intensive English education. For information on the language proficiency requirement visit the Graduate School Language Proficiency website.


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