Chatham University

Master of Science in Biology (MS) Admission Requirements

Prerequisites for admission to the Masters programs in Biology at Chatham University are:
  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree in biology or a related field from an accredited college or university. At a minimum, students should have successfully completed the following:
    • 1 year introductory biology (with lab)
    • 1 year introductory chemistry (with lab)
    • 1 semester organic chemistry with lab (2 semesters preferred)
    • 1 course in statistics
    • 1 additional college-level mathematics course
    • 3–4 upper level courses in biology, biochemistry, or psychobiology.
  2. Overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and overall science grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. (Probationary admission may be granted for applicants with a GPA of less than a 3.0 who show extreme promise through their other achievements.)
  3. Completed application for admission, including:
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    • Completed and signed application form.
    • Resume and/or additional supporting information on professional or volunteer activities.
    • Payment of a non-refundable application fee.
    • Two letters of recommendation (three if GPA is < 3.0). At least one recommendation must be from an academic source, preferably from a math or science professor.
    • Essay on career plans and reasons for pursuing a master’s degree in biology
    • Prospective students are welcome to fax an unofficial copy of their transcript to the program director for evaluation of prerequisites in advance of applying. (FAX: 412-365-1505, attention: Dr. Joe MacNeil, MS Biology Program).

The recommended deadline is April 1st. Note: applications will continue to be accepted and considered for admission as long as seats remain in the class.