Applying for Admission (All Programs)

The following materials are required for a complete application:

1.     On-line application form. Application information and the on-line application form for domestic students can be accessed at: 

       Application information and the on-line form for International Students is available at

2.     Official transcript from each college or university previously attended.

3.     Official GRE scores of the General Test (ECU GRE code is 5180). The Biology Test is not required.

4.     Statement of Purpose (= Statement of Intent).

5.     Two (MS programs) or three (PhD programs) letters of recommendation from individuals in a professionally relevant field who can assess your promise as a graduate student.

6.     Non-refundable application fee.

7.     TOEFL or IELTS scores if you are a foreign applicant and have received your baccalaureate degree from a university outside the USA where English is not the official language. 

Required supplemental application materials (e.g. Statement of Purpose, and Letter of Recommendation forms) can be obtained via the on-line application site (GradApply), but only after you have submitted your application fee.

Your Statement of Purpose an important part of the application package because it contains information that may not necessarily be well represented by the other application materials, and helps us to determine if your professional interests can be served by our curriculum and our faculty. Your Statement of Purpose should describe (a) why you want to go to graduate school, (b) why you wish to pursue graduate studies at ECU, (c) your research interests, and (d) the experiences and training you have acquired that you feel will help you to successfully pursue your graduate degree.  In addition, each applicant is requested to identify one or more Biology faculty who could potentially serve as a mentor for their thesis research or their final project (non-thesis MS Biology). Visit for descriptions of faculty research and their contact information. Selection for admission is based on the sum of the individual's qualifications, and the availability of facilities, research resources, and financial support.

Any materials not submitted online to the Graduate School should be mailed to:

The Graduate School
131 Ragsdale
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

Additional Admissions Information (All Programs)

1.     Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in Biology or a related field from an accredited college or university within the country, or the equivalent from a foreign university to be considered for admission.

2.     GRE scores cannot be more than 5 years old. Average GRE scores for admitted MS students are 61st Percentile—Verbal and 55th Percentile—Quantitative. Average GRE scores for admitted PhD (IDPBS) students are Verbal 67th Percentile, and Quantitative 60th Percentile.

3.     GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for Master's Programs, or 3.0 for doctoral programs. The average GPA of students accepted in the Biology graduate programs is 3.3 (MS) and 3.5 (Ph D).

4.     We prefer TOEFL scores of at least 100 (no less than 20 per section) for the IBT exam, 550 for the paper-based exam, or 213 for the computer-based exam, and a minimum IELTS score is  of 6.5.



Domestic Students.  
        Fall Semester:  June 15**
        Spring Semester:  October 15

International Students
        Fall Semester:  March 15



Domestic Students.  
        Fall Semester:  July 15
        Spring Semester:  October 15

International Students
        Fall Semester:  March 15


**  Admissions decisions begin in January, and continue until all positions are filled or June 15, which ever comes first. Prospective students should apply by March 15 to maximize their chances for receiving an out of state tuition remission (if applicable) and/or a Teaching Assistantship.   

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