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Master's Program: How to Apply

How to apply - Department of Biology

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 Dr. Woo-Suk Chang at

  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:

    • Indicate that you are seeking the M.S. degree, if you intend to pursue the thesis or non-thesis option, and if you intend to be a full-time student.

    • If thesis: tell us which research area you are interested in: Genomic Biology, Ecology and Evolution, or Microbiology and Molecular Biology; and indicate which faculty member(s) you hope will supervise your theis research. 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. Please see who is research active for more information on individ;ual faculty.

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)