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Applying for Admission

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their online application no later than March 1 in order to allow sufficient time to receive necessary test scores, transcripts and other support documents by the April 1 deadline. Features of the successful applicant include an appropriate background and training for the program (a Master's degree is recommended), demonstrated research experience, strong quantitative and computational skills, and strong oral and written communication skills.

 The following materials are required for a complete application:

1) Application form. On-line applications can be accessed at:         

2) An official transcript from each college or university previously attended, regardless of the length of time spent or number of courses taken. Transcripts may be electronic or paper.  Electronic transcripts may be emailed to the Graduate School at  Paper transcripts are mailed to:

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

Note: If your transcripts are paper, first acquire all necessary transcripts, and then place them in a single envelop for mailing.

3) Statement of Purpose (= Statement of Intent). The Statement of Purpose is an important component of your application. This document can either be mailed to the Graduate School at the address given above, or sent electronically to

The Statement of Purpose describes the nature of your interests in a particular program (Biomedicine, Biology, Chemistry), why you wish to pursue graduate studies at ECU, and those accomplishments and experiences you feel qualify you for consideration as potential graduate student.  The Statement is a critical part of the application package because it contains information that may not be well represented by the other application materials, and allows us to determine if your professional interests can be adequately served by our curriculum and our faculty. Prospective Biology IDPBS students are also required to identify a faculty member who would serve as a research advisor, and to include this information in the Statement of Purpose  (see Section IV for additional information about research mentors). 

4) Official GRE scores of the General Test (ECU's GRE code is 5180). A subject test (e.g. Biology, Chemistry) is not required.  

5) Three letters of recommendation from individuals in a professionally relevant field who can assess your promise as a graduate student. Enter the names and email addresses of your references by accessing the Graduate Admissions Reference Management Site.  Your references can submit their letters electronically.

6) 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. Minimum TOEFL scores are 100 (no less than 20 per section) for the IBT exam, 550 for the paper-based exam, or 213 for the computer-based exam.  The minimum IELTS score is 6.5.

International students are requested to supply a supplemental application via email to the graduate school at    The supplement application can be downloaded at

7) Non-refundable application fee ($60)