Saint Louis University

Biology | Doctor of Philosophy Degree


From the Saint Louis University Biology Graduate Program Page: The Department of Biology is organized into two broad areas of specialization: Cell and Molecular Regulation (CMR) and Ecology, Evolution and Systematics (EES). In either of these areas, students may elect to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Biology.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: January 1 (International: January 1)
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G or MCAT; Transcripts from all previous schools; Resume; Goal Statement; Interview (desired)
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.3900
Chair: Robert Wood, Ph.D.
Admissions Coord.: Susan Spencer, Ph.D.

Assistantship Application Deadline: January 10

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • Adequate undergraduate preparation in biology with a minimum 3.0 GPA in science and math courses.
  • A committee examines the whole of every application. However, there is consideration for matching applicant interests with faculty research areas.
  • An applicant should outline in detail their research objectives in the Biographical Goals Statement and should identify and correspond with faculty members who would be a match to their research aspirations.

Biology Application Review Process: Faculty committee members examine qualified applicants' materials and make recommendations. | Prospective Students page

Honors | Recognitions | Rankings: Recognized by Peterson's listings of graduate programs

Credit Hours/Coursework: A minimum of 60 hours of postbaccalaureate credit (48 hours coursework; 12 hours of Dissertation Research) | Biology Graduate Program

Program Description: This program emphasizes intensive research training under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. Once a Ph.D. student successfully completes required course work and the written and oral qualifying examinations, he or she is expected to design and conduct an original research project and to work independently. | Faculty Research Areas

Career Possibilities: Conservation Biologist, Geneticist, Physician

Curriculum & Program Details: Previous work at another school will be considered, but a minimum of 24 credit hours, plus the 12 hours for dissertation research (of 60 credits hours required for graduation) must be earned at Saint Louis University. Coursework is based in two distinct areas of concentration: Ecology, Evolution and Systematics (EES) and Cellular and Molecular Regulation (CMR). Unique to studying in St. Louis is access to the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. These areas enhance the biological research education beyond the classroom. | Prospective Student Page for Biology

About the Biology Faculty: Biology proudly enjoys the international diversity of their faculty members and their disciplines. The members are grouped is six (6) research areas: Biodiversity and Conservation; Botany; Ecology; Genetics and Molecular Biology; Molecular Interactions, Signals and Pathways; and Physiology. | Biology Faculty and Staff Page

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Most accepted Ph.D. students are funded as teaching or research assistants and research can be funded through grants. | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: The department has the second-largest freshwater fish collection in the United States, second only to The Smithsonian. Efforts and attentions are focused on paper and grant funding for students to present and to publish with their faculty mentors. Students also have access to the Reis Biological Station, located about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis on the eastern edge of the Ozark Mountains. | Reis Web Site

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