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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 via MyEIU. If you are an international student, make sure you designate yourself as such in MyEIU; otherwise, choose the Graduate School when you log into MyEIU.
  2. Once you are admitted to EIU, submit application materials to the Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BSGP) in MyEIU.

Applications for admission to the Biological Sciences Graduate Program are accepted at any time. If you decide to apply for a Graduate Assistantship, your application(s) and supporting information must be received no later than February 15.


Program Admission Requirements

Requirements for Admission

  • Baccalaureate degree in biological sciences or related field from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 out of 4.0.
  • One year of inorganic chemistry and a semester of organic chemistry.
  • Should submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (General test only, subject test is not required).
  • Applications from prospective students NOT applying for teaching assistantships are accepted at any time.

Requirements for Graduate Assistantship
Graduate Assistantships (GA) are available on a competitive basis to qualified applicants. Although there is no minimum GRE score required to apply for a GA, these assistantships are typically awarded to students with GRE scores above 300 (quantitative + verbal) and a GPA of more than 3.0 out of 4.0. Most GAs are distributed to students entering in the Fall semester. GAs earn a monthly stipend of $990 per month and a tuition waiver scholarship. GAs are expected to assist in classroom teaching activities. GAs are granted for a nine-month academic year and are renewable for a second academic year if instructional service and progress toward completion of the degree program are satisfactory. In addition to GAs, number of summer research assistantships and awards are also available on a competitive basis. All application materials should be received before February 15th to be considered for a GA.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact members of the faculty to explore mutual research interests.

In-Depth Admission Steps

Sign Up for MyEIU and Learn More about Eastern

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

U.S. Residents:

  1. Submit application materials, including a $30 application fee, to the Graduate School via MyEIU
  2. Mail the following to the Graduate School Office:
    - Official Transcripts
    - Official GRE (general) scores
  3. Once you are admitted to the Graduate School, submit application materials to the Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BSGP) in MyEIU
  4. If you decide to apply for a graduate assistantship (GA) submit GA application to the Graduate School

International Applicants:

  1. Submit application materials to International Programs in MyEIU
  2. Mail the following to the International Programs Office:
    - Official Transcripts
    - Official GRE (general) scores
    - Official TOEFL scores
    - Financial Affidavit Form
    - If you need a tuition waiver submit International Student Tuition Scholarships Application Form
  3. Once you are admitted to EIU, submit application materials to the Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BSGP) in MyEIU
  4. Submit a Graduate Assistantship Application to the Graduate School
  5. *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 and Scholarship

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship and/or scholarship please see the resources below:

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!