Biology - Admission Requirements

The Master of Science degree program in Biology at Tennessee Tech prepares graduates for high-level careers in various areas of biology. You'll have the option of selecting from a variety of thesis research topics based upon the faculty's individual research interests. Extramural grants and contracts support the thesis research of more than 50 graduate students in the Department of Biology, which hosts the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, the only federally funded research unit of its kind in the state. In addition, the department works closely with another research unit, the Water Resources Center of Excellence, which is also housed on campus.

Admission Requirements:

  • Satisfactory test scores on the General Record Exam [1500 total on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing portions with the analytical writing score converted from a scale of 0-6 to a scale of 0-800 (analytical writing score / 6 X 800)]
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges and/or universities
  • Grade Point Average on Bachelor's degree of at least 3.0 with undergraduate studies including at least 16 semester hours of biology or related life sciences courses
  • International Applicants must also meet the English Language Requirement by providing test results on one of the following:
    • TOEFL--minimum IBT of 71
    • IELTS--minimum score of 5.5
    • PTE Academic--minimum score of 48
    • FLS Level 8
    • ELS--Level 112
    • TOEIC--minimum score of 690
    • CEFR--Band B-2
    • SLEP--minimum score of 55

Department of Biology
P.O. Box 5063 Cookeville, TN 38505
Phone: (931) 372-3134
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