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 1

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.
  • Previous laboratory and research experience preferred.

Biology Application Review Process | Prospective Students page

  • A faculty committee examines the whole of every application. However, there is consideration for matching applicant interests with faculty research areas.
  • Applicants should outline their research goals in the Professional Goals Statement and should identify and correspond with faculty members whose area of research matches their interests.

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

Credit Hours/Coursework: A minimum of 36 hours of postbaccalaureate credit (24 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: University professor, senior scientist at a biotech or pharmaceutical company, government ecologist or conservation biologist

Curriculum & Program Details: Previous work at another school will be considered, but a minimum of 24 credit hours, including 12 hours of dissertation research) must be earned at Saint Louis University. Coursework may be chosen from a wide variety of fields, including cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, GIS, ecology, evolution, and botany. 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: The Biology Department enjoys a great deal of diversity among its faculty members and their disciplines. Faculty research areas include: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Biodiversity and Conservation, Botany, Evolution, and Ecology. | 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: Students enjoy access to excellent facilities within Saint Louis University and at the University's Reis Biological Station. Collaborations with and the ability to take classes at neighboring institutions such as Washington University, the University of Missouri St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the St. Louis Zoo, and the Danforth Plant Science Center further expand the possibilities for research and learning. | Reis Web Site

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