How to apply

Ph.D. Program

How to Apply

First, read the general instructions for applying to the graduate program and download the checklists available on the Office of Graduate Studies webpage:

The list below contains additional information requested by the Biology Department.

All Applications Are Reviewed On The Following Schedule:

for entrance in the Fall semester.

Completed applications will be under review starting January 10 (e.g., January 10, 2021 for Fall 2021 entry). Applicants are notified of admissions decision typically in the January through March time frame.

for entrance in the Spring semester.

Completed applications will be under review starting September 15 (e.g., September 15, 2021 for Spring 2022 entry). Applicants are notified of admissions decision typically in the September through November time frame.

Questions? Contact the Graduate Program Assistant: Mrs. Gloria Burlingham, 817-272-2875 (phone), 817-272-9722 (FAX),

1. Application, Scores, and Transcripts: Apply on-line through the UT Arlington Office of Graduate Studies: As instructed, have your GRE scores and official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. If you are an international student, you will also need to have exam scores demonstrating English proficiency sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. See the webpage above for more information.

2. Letters of Recommendation: Have three letters of recommendation sent directly to the Biology Department: Graduate Advisor, Department of Biology, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019-0498. Ideally one or two letters should come from professors or instructors who can speak to your academic abilities, and the others may come from employers or other individuals who can comment on your work ethic and potential for graduate study. You may send letters or use the .pdf form available through the Office of Graduate Studies:

3. Letter of Intent: Please e-mail a Letter of Intent to the Graduate Program Assistant ( and include the following information:

a) Indicate that you are seeking the Ph.D. degree.

b) Tell us which research track you are interested in: Genomic Biology, Ecology and Evolution, or Microbiology and Molecular Biology

c) Provide names of the faculty member(s) whom you hope will supervise your dissertation, and if you are interested in a lab rotation

Your letter will be forwarded to the faculty members you indicate, but you should also contact those individuals directly to determine if s/he is taking new students and has the resources to support your research. During your first semester you will join/rotate through one or two labs that you are interested in and that are currently recruiting students. If no fit is found during your first semester, you have the option of rotating through additional labs the second semester.

Please visit the faculty pages on the UT Arlington Biology site ( to find faculty research that you might be interested in and contact those faculty members to set up a rotation. In addition to the faculty listed on our website, we are hiring new faculty this year with research interests across all of our major disciplines: genomics and genetics, microbiology and molecular biology, and global change/ecology and evolution. As soon as these new hires become official, the new faculty will be added to our website. We feel confident that you will find an exciting and dynamic dissertation lab to join.

Checking the status of your application: Please contact the Biology Graduate Program Assistant (contact information at the top of this page) to determine the status of your application.

Biology Graduate Handbook: The Biology Graduate Handbook is updated annually and contains most of the information you may be seeking regarding our program. Graduate Advisor: Dr. Woo-Suk Chang,, 817-272-5570 (phone), 817-272-9722 (FAX)