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Applying and Application Deadline

Applications to the PSU Biology Graduate Program must be made through the PSU Office of Graduate Studies.  The application deadline for the 2018-2019 cohort is February 1, 2018.  Applications are reviewed only for admission for Fall term. Applications received after the February 1 deadline, or for alternative term admission will NOT be reviewed, except in extenuating circumstance and by special request from the faculty member the student intends to work with.

All application documents must be uploaded to your online application by February 1, 2018 in order for your application to be considered for admission.  Please do not send any application material directly to the Biology Department office, it will not be accepted.  Applicants will be notified of their admission results no later than April 1, 2018. Before applying please review the information provided in the Graduate Studies section of this website as well as the Portland State University Graduate Admissions requirements

Before you apply please make sure you have:

  • reviewed the information about the PSU Biology Graduate Studies Program
  • contacted & selected (3) potential tenure-track academic advisers
  • taken the general GRE (or will have taken by the application deadline)
  • taken the TOEFL exam if required (International Students)
  • (2) letters of recommendation
  • the PSU graduate admissions minimum requirements
  • copies of ALL official transcripts from every educational instituation you've attended
  • completed a "Statement of Purpose"
  • the required non-refundable, non-waivable $50.00 application fee.



You will be notified of your admission results no later than April 1, 2018


If you still have questions about the application process or the status of your application, please contact the Graduate Student Coordinator, Ian Garrett, at