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Department of Biology Graduate Program

The PhD and MS applications are currently closed.

The application for Fall 2018 will open on September 1, 2017.

If you are interested in applying to the Bioinformatics & Genomics Master’s Program, do not use the information below. Instead, go here: BGMP Application

To Apply

In the Department of Biology, the departmental application is incorporated into the general University of Oregon online application.  All application materials are available through the Department of Biology’s website. The online application requires payment of the $70 or $90 (international) non-refundable application fee using Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or personal check (e-check).

In order to submit an application, you must do the following:

1. Take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam).
The GRE General Test is required for all applicants. A GRE Subject Test is recommended, but not required. We do not have minimum score requirements for the GRE. Applicants should take the general exam in time for the results to arrive before the application deadline. Be prepared to enter your scores and percentiles if you already know them. Official GRE scores must be sent directly to the Department of Biology (do not send them to Admissions or the Graduate School). The code for the University of Oregon is 4846 and the code for the Department of Biology is 0203.

2. Take the TOEFL (non-native speakers only)
Foreign students for whom English is a second language must have their TOEFL scores sent directly to the University of Oregon. The Department of Biology requires a minimum score of 610 for the paper-based test or 105 for the Internet-based (iBT) version. The TOEFL code for the University of Oregon is 4846. No department code is needed.

We will also accept the IELTS in lieu of the TOEFL. Our minimum score requirement is 7.5

3. Assess your interest in our faculty
To aid the Admissions Committee in identifying your research interests, you will be asked to select and prioritize up to five faculty members whose research is of particular interest to you. Review the faculty research summaries by visiting the individual institute websites.

4. Assemble transcript information.

For the online application, you will need to upload clear, easy-to-read PDF copies of your transcripts from all institutions you have attended and be prepared to account for the following areas accurately:

  • Grade point averages
    Compute your current overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) according to University of Oregon guidelines (GPA Computation Guidelines), as well as your overall GPA in mathematics and science courses (excluding the social sciences).
  • Math and science courses 
    Be prepared to list science and math courses that you are currently taking, including course numbers and titles.

5. Prepare your personal statement.
In approximately one page, explain why you are applying to graduate school, what you would like to accomplish while in a graduate program, and describe your professional goals.

6. Fill out the online application completely 
When uploading PDF documents, please note that documents other than true PDFs will not work (i.e., do not simply change the filename extension to .PDF; you must convert the document to a true PDF). Apply Here

7. Letters of recommendation
You will need to supply contact information for a minimum of three and maximum of four recommenders. You can fill out and save the recommendation page in the application before you complete and submit the full application. This will allow your letter writers to get started on the letters and increase the likelihood that your application will be complete when the committee starts the review process. Fill in the required information for at least three referees. After you press the “Next” button, an automated email will be sent to each person on your list with instructions on how to submit a letterOnce you’ve entered information and emails have been sent, you will not be able to modify any contact information for these recommenders. You may return and add a fourth, if desired; however, you may not change any contact information once an email has been sent. If you need to make changes, contact the Biology Graduate Program Manager at

All application materials become the property of the 
University of Oregon and will not be returned.


The applicant is responsible for ensuring all documents required to complete the application are uploaded correctly by the December 1 deadline.

International applicants should NOT submit financial documentation unless you are selected for an interview. Please apply and then wait to be contacted before submitted financial documents.

Admission Decisions
Applicants accepted into the Department of Biology graduate program will be notified by both phone and email. All other applicants will be notified via email. We are unable to provide updates on the status of an application until the admissions committee completes the review process.

For information about the Department of Biology Graduate Program, the application process, or for information regarding the completion of your application, please contact:

Jessica Wilson
Graduate Program Manager

Phone: (541) 346-4503


After you have submitted your application, please keep the Graduate Program Manager informed of any change in your contact information.

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