Application Deadline: December 1
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 MU’s Graduate Application, which will include supplying
- 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.
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
Edward Buckler, Ph.D.
Research Geneticist, Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health
“The PhD program in biological sciences did a tremendous job of giving me the flexibility to put together a program that combined evolution, archaeology, and corn genetics. This broad training by experts in the world in each of these topics has allowed me to develop a unique perspective that has been invaluable to my current success.”
First artificial chromosomes in plants
Developed by Dr. James Birchler, these engineered mini-chromosomes can be designed to specification, with the potential of genes or entire biochemical pathways added or removed as needed. In addition to shedding light on the behavior of chromosomes, artificial chromosomes also have potential applications in agriculture, biotechnology, and the pharmaceutical industry.