Biological Sciences Ph.D.
Complete the following admission requirements:
- Application for admission and application fee
Transcripts from all universities or colleges attended. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with the application. Official transcripts must follow prior to matriculation
Statement of Purpose that addresses the following:
Research experience and relevant training
Interest, experience, and/or plans to serve society through your career, including experiences or commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
Relevance of UAF Biology and Wildlife in achieving your future goals, including the names of faculty members you have contacted regarding graduate training
Excellent statements of purpose are specific, informative, focused and concise. See the Biology and Wildlife website for more detailed instructions about the statement of purpose.
Three letters of reference from individuals who can address your potential to succeed in graduate school. Ideally, letters of reference should come from university faculty, research staff, or professionals familiar with your academic and research achievements and also with the expectations of graduate school. References will be asked to address writing ability, critical thinking skills, quantitative skills, and potential to succeed in a graduate program. References that address notable service (e.g., Peace Corps or AmeriCorps) may also be informative.
Optional: scores from the GRE General Test will be considered if submitted
International students: please consult UAF’s most recent application requirements
Note - Students are typically not admitted to the program unless a faculty advisor has agreed to serve as the mentor. Applicants should contact potential advisors before applying.
Minimum Requirements for Biological Sciences Ph.D.: 18 thesis credits
Optional Concentration: Wildlife Biology and Conservation
|General University Requirements
|Complete the graduate general university requirements.
|Ph.D. Degree Requirements
|Complete the Ph.D. degree requirements.
|As part of the Ph.D. requirements, complete the following:
|Thesis (18 credits) 1
|Biological Sciences Program Requirements
|Complete and pass a written and oral comprehensive examination administered by the graduate advisory committee
|Complete and successfully defend the Ph.D. dissertation
|If entering the program without first completing a master’s degree in biology or a related discipline, complete coursework at least equivalent to that required for the Biological Sciences M.S. degree
Note that in practice, most Ph.D. students also take coursework credits and more thesis credits than the minimum required. Any specific course requirements will be determined by the individual student’s graduate advisory committee.