Graduate FAQs

Admission

We have an online application process found here: Apply Here
o We do not have a minimum GPA, with the exception of the Medical Sciences concentration, but the average undergraduate GPA of an admitted applicant is a 3.00/4.00. For the Medical Sciences concentration, the GPA requirement is a strict 3.30/4.00.
GRE scores with the 40th percentile in 2 out of 3 areas. This is generally around the 150's and writing marks of a 4.0. Be aware, however, that these scores are guidelines and are not strict cutoffs scores. All applicants are encouraged to apply.
They are acceptable on a case by case basis. Even so, GRE scores are still required and must be submitted by the designated time.
We do NOT accept DAT scores at all.
For Master's applicants, 3 letters are needed from individuals who can attest to your academic performance. For Ph.D. applicants, 2 letters are needed from individuals who can attest to your academic performance. Letters from professors are strongly preferred.
MS: July 15th for Fall or November 15th for Spring

Ph.D.: December 8th for Fall

Approximately 1 page in length, double-spaced
Master of Science applicants:
-Application
-Application Fee
-GRE Scores
-IELTS/TOEFL Scores (International Applicants)
-Recommendation Letters (3)
-Statement of Purpose
-Transcripts

Non-degree:
-Application
-Application Fee
-Statement of Purpose
-Transcripts

Yes. However, the average time for program completion is 2 years. For more information contact the MS program Coordinator.
The Ph.D. degree requires 33 credit-hours of classroom coursework and 57 credit hours of research. The thesis MS degree requires a minimum of 26 credit hours of classroom coursework and 14 credit hours of research. The non-thesis MS requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of classroom coursework and 4 credit hours of non-thesis work.
Ph.D. applicants are required to pick a concentration. Master's applicants are not required to choose a concentration. Students without a concentration pursue a general biology degree. When applying for a general biology degree, students can simply leave the concentration selection blank.
Master's students can either be thesis or non-thesis. A thesis student is required to propose a thesis, write a thesis, and publish a thesis in order to graduate. Thesis students usually take longer to graduate because they have more requirements. A non-thesis student is required to complete a capstone project or paper, which can be published at an academic conference.
Follow this link to learn more about tuition and fees.

TOEFL
greater than 100-> You are exempt from the GSTEP exam at international orientation and any other ESL course.
80 to 100->You must take the GSTEP and wither take ESL 7250 (Academic Listening/Speaking for Graduate Students) and/or 7350 (Academic Writing for Graduate Students).
less than 80-> You may not be recommended for admission and if you are recommended for admission, you will have to take both ESL 7250 (Academic Listening/Speaking for Graduate Students) and 7350 (Academic Writing for Graduate Students).

IELTS
greater than 7.5-> You are exempt from the GSTEP exam at international orientation and any other ESL course.
6.5 to 7.5->You must take the GSTEP and wither take ESL 7250 (Academic Listening/Speaking for Graduate Students) and/or 7350 (Academic Writing for Graduate Students).
less than 6.5-> You may not be recommended for admission and if you are recommended for admission, you will have to take both ESL 7250 (Academic Listening/Speaking for Graduate Students) and 7350 (Academic Writing for Graduate Students).

Common Registration Issues


Please review the Common Registration Error Messages. If you are still confused, contact your graduate coordinator.
Biol 8800 requires the consent of the instructor. You must contact the instructor for permission to be in their lab. Once you have permission, you need an Agreement and Approval Form. Please fill out the top portion of the form and have your instructor sign it. Return it to your graduate coordinator.

Biol 8888 is required for all Master's non-thesis students. First, you need a topic. Then, you need to find your committee. Once you have a topic and committee, please fill out the non-thesis committee selection form. Have your committee sign off on it. Return it to your graduate coordinator and they should be able to help.

All Ph.D. students planning to take their qualifying exam should be registered for Biol 9991 or 9992, along with Biol 8888. Contact the graduate coordinator to make arrangments to complete your qualifying exam and register for the appropriate courses.

Biol 7802 is only for GTA's. Your supervisor must contact your graduate coordinator and confirm that you are a GTA.
Every semester, all students must agree to the registration agreement and update their emergency contact information.
You will be assigned a registration time-ticket assignment for registration. The first ten days of registration are the only days of registration that are time-ticketed. Approximately one week before registration begins; you can find your registration time ticket assignment by entering PAWS in the Registration block on the Enrollment tab.
Please keep checking frequently until a spot opens up. Checking frequently does not guarantee that you will get a spot in the class. If you are on the current graduation list and the class is required for you to graduate, please contact your graduate coordinator.

Advisement for Current Students


If you have questions or issues regarding the graduate program's admissions or academic assistance, please contact the graduate academic advisement coordinator.
Larialmy Allen
Graduate Advisor
Department of Biology
Georgia State University
P. O. Box 4010
Atlanta, Georgia 30302-4010
Phone: (404) 413-5314
Email: lallen47@gsu.edu

If you have questions or issues regarding the graduate program's business affairs and instructional programs, please contact the graduate program coordinator.
Robin Nguyen
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Biology
Georgia State University
P.O.Box 4010
Atlanta, Georgia 30302-4010
Phone: (404) 413-5430
Email: rnguyen8@gsu.edu

All students must complete courses that are required of their degree program in order to graduate. Students may check with the academic advisement coordinator or their DegreeWorks to see what they have completed as well as what they still need to complete.

All students must complete non-course milestones required of their degree program in order to graduate. Students may check with the academic advisement coordinator or their DegreeWorks to see what they have completed as well as what they still need to complete. All of the non-course milestone forms are available through Graduate Services.

Graduate Committees

Ph.D. students and thesis Master's students need 3 members. Non-thesis master's students need 2 members.
You must have the approval of the Chair of the Department and Area Advisor (Ph.D.) or MS Graduate Committee (MS) in addition to the approval of the Dean's office. A written request must be made along with the attachment of the person's CV. The student will then be notified by the Graduate Coordinator.

Courses

Evening classes are offered, yet, the majority of classes required for the program are during the day.
The biology department does not currently offer online courses. However, students are allowed to take online courses offered outside of the biology department. However, students should get those courses approved by their faculty advisor or program director prior to registering.
Course offerings change every semester. You can view what is currently offered and what has been offered in the past here.

Graduate Assistantships

We offer GRA and GTA positions, which provide a stipend allowance as well as a tuition waiver. Upon review of the admissions application, applicants are immediately considered for a GRA position. If an applicant is not immediately offered a GRA position, then applicants should contact the professor of interest directly to inquire about the possibility of doing research in their laboratories. We recommend that a student take a course with the instructor of interest before asking about a position in their lab. GTA positions require students to do a teaching apprenticeship first. Students should contact the graduate coordinator as early as possible to find a teaching apprenticeship. 
Graduate assistantships are a form of student employment which provides a stipend allowance and a full tuition waiver. We offer graduate research assistantships and graduate teaching assistantships. Graduate research assistantships are positions where a graduate student does research in a faculty member's lab with the purpose of completing a thesis or dissertation with the faculty member. Graduate teaching assistantships are positions where a graduate student teaches undergraduate courses or assists a faculty member with teaching.

Graduate assistantships are a form of student employment which provides a stipend allowance and a full tuition waiver.

All Ph.D. students are automatically offered a graduate research assistantship upon admission into the Ph.D. program. This package is valued at $31,000+ for in-state students and at $62,000+ for out-of-state students per year.

Masters students have the option of doing a graduate research assistantship or graduate teaching assistantship. This package is valued at $16,000+ for in-state students and at $47,000+ for out-of-state students per year.

All Ph.D. students are automatically offered a graduate research assistantship upon admission into the Ph.D. program. That being said,  applicants will have to find a faculty member who is willing to be their dissertation advisor and provide funding for their graduate research assistantship.

For Master's students, we offer graduate research assistantships and graduate teaching assistantships. Graduate research assistantships are created for thesis students. Students should only do a thesis if they intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree at another university. If you are not automatically offered a graduate research assistantships upon admission, you will have to find a faculty member who is willing to be your thesis advisor and provide funding for your graduate research assistantship.

All other Master's students are non-thesis Master's students. All other students are eligible for graduate teaching assistantships, assuming that they are in good academic standing. All students are required to complete a semester as a teaching apprentice before they can become a graduate teaching assistant. The teaching apprenticeship is not a graduate assistantship, but it is required before becoming a graduate teaching assistant. Students should contact the graduate coordinator for placement.

First, your supervisor will need to send the details regarding your position to the graduate coordinator. Then, you'll need to fill out the New Hire packet for graduate students. If you have previously worked at Georgia State University with a different title, you will still need to fill out a New Hire Packet for graduate students. If you were previously a student assistant at Georgia State University, you will need to fill out the Student to Graduate Assistant Hire Packet. The New Hire packet sets up your payroll so that you can receive your stipend allowance. If you would like to get a tuition waiver, you will need to register for the required number of credit hours. Contact the graduate coordinator about how and which classes to register for to meet the minimum requirements for a tuition waiver.
If you are eligible for a tuition waiver, it will automatically be applied to your student account by the week prior to the first day of class that semester. If you think you might be eligible for a tuition waiver but do not see your tuition waiver in your student account by the week prior to the first day of class that semester, then contact the graduate coordinator.