Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Get the details on how to apply to the Biology (M.S.) program.

Application Deadline

  • This program admits fall and spring terms only.
  • The deadline for fall admission is April 15 and spring admission is October 31.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of 24 undergraduate units in biology.
  • Course work in general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in previous biology course work. An overall GPA (i.e., in biology and all other courses) of 3.00 is required for full admission. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 units of undergraduate** and post-baccalaureate study.

Students lacking key prerequisites and/or having a GPA of 2.75-2.99 may be given conditional admission. Any student admitted conditionally will be required to make up deficiencies in prerequisites and/or achieve a GPA of 3.00 in their first 3 graduate courses taken at Towson University.

**A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions

How to Apply

  1. Submit your online application, application fee and official transcripts, along with:
    1. three letters of recommendation from instructors or supervisors familiar with your record, aptitude and potential for graduate work (email addresses of recommenders must be entered on application), and

    2. a one page personal statement explaining why you plan to pursue a graduate degree in biology, your curricular and/or research interests, and your future career and/or educational plans.
  2. No GRE scores are required for students applying to the thesis or the non-thesis MS degree in Biology.
  3. Whereas non-thesis degree applications are reviewed for both spring and fall admissions, thesis-degree applicants are mostly considered for fall admissions. Therefore, thesis-degree applicants should contact potential research faculty by Jan. 10. A successful interview with the potential research mentor and the Graduate Committee is required before an applicant can ultimately be accepted into the thesis-degree program. 

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in International Graduate Admissions