Before applying, prospective graduate students are encouraged to review and be familiar with our graduate program of study, the research strengths of the Division of Biological Sciences, our faculty members, and our course offerings on myZou. In addition, you should contact the faculty member in whose lab you are interested in working, especially if you are applying as an international student.
Application Materials: To apply to do your graduate studies in the Division of Biological Sciences, you will need to complete and submit both the Biological Sciences Application Form (Register to Apply | Login to Update) in addition to MU’s Graduate Application and each of the following:
- Official transcripts from each college or university that you have attended.
- Names and contact information for three individuals who have agreed to write letters of recommendation, preferably those who can comment on your potential for success in graduate work and as a teaching assistant.
- If coming from an institution in which the primary language is not English, the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Application Fee Waiver: To find out if you are eligible for an application fee waiver, you should send an email with the subject line “Application Fee Waiver Request” to Nila Emerich at EmerichN@missouri.edu prior to completing MU’s Graduate Application.
Deadline: December 15
Select candidates will be invited for an on-campus interview. Admission decisions will be made based on the interview and the applicant’s record.
For More Information
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Phone: 573-882-1847 or (800) 553-5698
Katie Becklin, Ph.D.
AAUW Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas
“The biology department has been an incredible source of support for me as a scientist. During graduate school, I worked closely with a number of excellent faculty mentors who encouraged me to tackle difficult research questions and come up with innovative approaches. These people were instrumental in helping me become an independent scientist.”
Birthplace of the phage display technology
Invented by Dr. George Smith in 1985, phage-display technology is a method for the study of protein-protein, protein-peptide, and protein-DNA interactions that uses bacteriophages to connect proteins with the genetic information that encodes them. The method is now widely used in the medical biotechnology field, especially in the area of antibody/antigen interactions and drug discovery.