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. A minimum of 90 semester hours of applicable graduate coursework must be completed.

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. A minimum of 90 semester hours of applicable graduate coursework must be completed.

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
  • Neuroscientist
  • Research Associate
  • Microbiologist
  • Staff Scientist
  • Research Biologist
  • Field Application Scientist
  • Associate Director
  • Analytical Staff Scientist
  • Postdoc

Program Details

  • 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

This is a 90-credit-hour program. Coursework must include the following:

  • 28 hours of graduate classroom coursework, which must include:
    • Discipline-specific core courses (8 hours)
    • Discipline-specific electives (8 hours)
    • Topics, concepts and seminar course (10 hours) which must include at least six hours of discipline-specific topics and/or concept courses.
    • Introduction to Graduate Studies (7 hours)
      • BIOL 8850 Introduction to Graduate Studies
      • BIOL 8888 Non-Thesis Master's Research
      • BIOL 9991 or 9992 Doctoral Research Proposal
  • Proficiency in biochemistry. This can be accomplished by examination or by completion of CHEM 6600 and 6610. Substitution of an equivalent discipline-related subject (appropriate to the student's program of study) will be considered on a case by case basis and requires prior written approval of the Biology Graduate Committee.
  • 60 hours of biology research (BIOL 8820 or 9999). At least 30 hours must be Dissertation Research (BIOL 9999) after the student has chosen a research adviser and had a dissertation proposal approved by his or her Dissertation Committee.
  • A qualifying examination
  • A dissertation
  • A final oral presentation, directed primarily to the defense of the dissertation

Specific requirements: The course work listed constitutes the minimum core requirements. Substitutions in the curriculum may be made based on the recommendation of the student's research adviser and require prior written approval of the Biology Graduate Committee. Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of all material covered in discipline-specific course courses during the qualifying examination.

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
Academic Services Coordinator
404-413-5430
rnguyen8@gsu.edu

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

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

Ritu Aneja
Graduate Director
404-413-5417
raneja@gsu.edu

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