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The Simple Steps to Becoming EIU

Applying to the Biological Sciences Graduate Program is a two part process:

  1. Submit application materials to the Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BSGP)
  2. Submit application materials to the Graduate School.

The forms listed below are available in paper form from the BSGP Coordinator or you can print the forms you need from this site. Applications for admission to the Biological Sciences Graduate Program are accepted at any time and you may begin your career at E.I.U. at mid-year. If you decide to apply for a Graduate Assistantship, your application(s) and supporting information must be received no later than February 15.

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Your MyEIU account is free and easy; all it takes is an email address to get started. You can even sign up via Facebook! Once you've logged into MyEIU, you can learn everything there is to know about Eastern and get information about everything the university has to offer — all tailored to your unique set of interests!

Apply to the Graduate School

All students can apply to the graduate school through MyEIU. The graduate school requires:

  1. A complete online application
  2. A copy of your official transcripts
  3. A $30 application fee

Learn more about the Graduate School admissions process.

Apply to the Program

U.S. Residents:

  1. Submit a Graduate School Application on-line
    - Graduate School Application for Admission
  2. 2. Mail the following to the Graduate School Office:
    - Official Transcripts
    - Official GRE (general) scores
  3. Mail the following to Dr. Jeff Laursen:
    - BSGP application
    - Statement of Personal Goals
    - Three Letters of Recommendation
  4. Submit a Graduate Assistantship Application to the Graduate School

International Applicants:

  1. Mail the following to the International Programs Office:
    - International Student Application
    - Official Transcripts
    - Official GRE (general) scores
    - Official TOEFL scores
    - Financial Affidavit Form
  2. Mail the following to Dr. Jeff Laursen:
    - BSGP application
    - Statement of Personal Goals
    - Three Letters of Recommendation
  3. Submit a Graduate Assistantship Application to the Graduate School
  4. Mail the following to International Programs*:
    - Scholarship Application Form

*A student cannot receive both a Graduate Assistantship (stipend + tuition waiver) and an International Student Tuition Scholarship (tuition waiver only) but should apply for both. If both are awarded, the tuition scholarship can be easily declined.

Keep an Eye on Your Admission Status

You'll be able to keep tabs on the status of your application through MyEIU; you'll receive a message when you have been officially admitted to EIU!

Apply for an Assistantship

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, you also need to submit a graduate assistantship application.

Graduate assistantships are typically awarded in accordance with the academic year. Assistantship applications are normally accepted through the middle of February; a decision for the next academic year comes within a month. For more information about graduate assistantships, please click here.

Join Us in Charleston!

Now you're ready for your first semester at Eastern! Welcome to the EIU family! We're glad to have you, and we're confident you'll be glad you came!

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in biological sciences or related field from an accredited institution and a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (A = 4.0) are eligible for admission to the program. In addition, students are required to have taken one year of inorganic and a semester of organic chemistry. Undergraduate courses in calculus, physics, statistics, and biochemistry are also recommended preparation. Applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (general test only) scores at the time of application.

The Graduate Catalog and application for admission to the Graduate School are available at the Graduate School website. To apply, a student should send the following materials to The Graduate School: undergraduate transcripts, application and application fee, and GRE scores. In addition, the following materials should be sent to the Coordinator of the Biological Sciences Graduate Program: BSGP application, statement of personal goals, three letters of recommendation, and a completed assistantship application.

Application materials should be received before February 15 for those planning to apply for graduate assistantships. Applications from prospective students not applying for assistantships are accepted at any time.

Students are initially assigned to the coordinator, Biological Sciences Graduate Program Committee for academic advisement. A permanent advisor should be selected during the first term of residence. In consultation with the advisor, the student will select at least two additional graduate faculty to serve as his or her advisory committee. Each student's program of study is designed to fit individual student needs and interests within the framework of degree requirements of the Graduate School. Prospective students are encouraged to contact members of the faculty to explore mutual research interests.