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The School of Biological Sciences does NOT require GRE scores

To Apply:

Applicants must apply online to the Graduate School (see below). Review of applications for Fall semester starts on January 10th and review of Spring semester applications starts on September 15th. International applicants should note the WSU Graduate School deadlines on the Application for Admission.

Link to timeline: This is a suggested timeline for applicants applying for a fall semester start. Note that, SBS also accepts applications for spring semester start. If you are interested in applying to our department, the most important thing is to reach out to a faculty member. If, after contacting a faculty member you both feel you would be a good fit for our graduate program we would be happy to work with you to complete the application process.

SBS Graduate Application Guide:

Application Steps

Step 1: Email prospective faculty advisors

SBS only admits students to work with a specific faculty thesis advisor (i.e., no rotations). We encourage prospective students to email potential faculty advisors to learn about their labs. It is most helpful if your email includes a resume or CV and a brief statement (4-8 sentences) describing your research interests and reasons why you think this lab would be a good fit for you. Check faculty lab websites for more detailed instructions on what to include in the introductory email. (Links to our current faculty and their research interests)

Step 2: Apply directly to theĀ Graduate School

Link to the Graduate School Application Be sure to carefully follow all instructions. If you have questions or want further information please contact the Graduate School directly.


Contact the Graduate School

PO Box 641030 Pullman, WA 99164-1030
Phone: (509) 335-1446

Applications must include:

In addition to the above, your application must include:

  • Three letters of recommendation which will be submitted online (follow instructions on the Graduate School application page).
  • TOEFL scores (international applicants only): Official scores must be sent to the Graduate School. WSU Institutional Code: 4705
  • Transcripts: These must be sent directly to the Graduate School (follow instructions on the Graduate School application page).

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