What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

It is possible to complete the program within five years, however it varies.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: December 8
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Biology, Ph.D.

biograd@gsu.edu

Larialmy Allen
Graduate Student Coordinator
404-413-5405

A graduate degree in biology can open doors to many rewarding careers. The Biology Department's Ph.D. program prepares graduates for a range of positions in private industry, public agencies and academia, among others. Potential job titles include principal scientist, research associate, microbiologist, research biologist, field application scientist and analytical staff scientist.

There are many benefits to getting a graduate degree. It makes you a more competitive candidate whether you are seeking a job or admission to another professional school. A graduate degree can also increase your earning potential and help you develop a professional network.

Biology, Ph.D.

Larialmy Allen
Graduate Student Coordinator
404-413-5405

A graduate degree in biology can open doors to many rewarding careers. The Biology Department's Ph.D. program prepares graduates for a range of positions in private industry, public agencies and academia, among others. Potential job titles include principal scientist, research associate, microbiologist, research biologist, field application scientist and analytical staff scientist.

There are many benefits to getting a graduate degree. It makes you a more competitive candidate whether you are seeking a job or admission to another professional school. A graduate degree can also increase your earning potential and help you develop a professional network.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

It is possible to complete the program within five years, however it varies.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: December 8
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Careers

  • Principal Scientist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Research Associate
  • Staff Scientist
  • Research Biologist
  • Field Application Scientist
  • Analytical Staff Scientist
  • Lecturer
  • High School Principal
  • Industrial Scientist
  • Lab Manager
  • Science Publishing
  • Technical writing
  • Government Scientist (CDC, ERA, NIH, FDA, armed forces...)
  • Administrator in Granting Agencies
  • Biotechnical Sales and marketing
  • Entrepreneur
  • Wildlife management
  • Zoo Director

Program Details

Please Note: GRE scores are being waived for all of 2021.

  • An undergraduate or master's degree in biology, chemistry or a related field
  • Transcripts of past academic performance
  • GRE scores
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Academic scores (international students only)
  • Become critical-thinking scientist
  • Be well versed in research in your area of focus
  • Be able to communicate biological concepts and applications

Students who began the program in summer 2020 or before must follow the curriculum listed in the course catalog of the year that they entered.

Students who began the program in fall 2020 can either be grandfathered into the curriculum of the 2020-2021 course catalog or choose to follow the new curriculum.

Students who began the program in spring 2021 or after should follow the new curriculum below.

Core: 8-9 Credit Hours

  • One quantitative class (3-4 Credit Hours, choose from the followings):
  • Biostatistics (BIOL 6744), 3 Credit Hours
  • Mathematical Biology (BIOL 6010), 3 Credit Hours
  • Fundamental of bioinformatics (BIOL 6640), 4 Credit Hours
  • Research design and analysis (BIOL 8041), 4 Credit Hours
  • Bioethics and Responsible Conduct of Research, 1 Credit Hour
  • Student seminars (Ph.D. students present), 1 Credit Hour x 4

IDP courses: a minimum of 10-12 Credit Hours*

  • 8000/6000 level courses per IDP**

Qualifying Exam: 2 Credit Hours

  • BIOL 9991

Research: 53 Credit Hours

  • Research Courses

BIOL 6900 and 7000 level courses are not applicable toward the degree program

** Preliminary IDP, developed by the doctoral student and the Major professor, and approved by the Graduate Director. The qualifying exam committee can require additional classes based on identified areas of deficiencies.

Visit the catalog for curriculum details.

Tuition:
Students are charged graduate tuition and fees. A breakdown of the fees can be found on the https://sfs.gsu.edu site. In-state tuition is about $16,000+ per year. Out-of-state tuition is about $45,000+ per year.

Student Funding Support:
All students admitted into the Ph.D. program are automatically offered a graduate research assistantship upon admission. The graduate research assistantship includes a stipend and tuition waiver.

Description

Contacts

Robin Nguyen
Department Coordinator
404-413-5430
rnguyen8@gsu.edu

Larialmy Allen
Graduate Student Coordinator
404-413-5405
lallen47@gsu.edu

Zehava Eichenbaum
Graduate Director
404-413-5401
zeichen@gsu.edu

College of Arts & Sciences
25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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