Prospective graduate students are encouraged to review and be familiar with our graduate program of study, the research strengths of the Division, our faculty members, and our course offerings on myZou.
Students also are strongly encouraged to make contact with the doctoral faculty with whom they may wish to work before applying. This is particularly important for international applicants.
To apply to the Division for graduate school, complete and submit the Division of Biological Sciences online application by December 15.
Select candidates are interviewed, and offers for graduate study are made based on the interview and the applicant’s record.
For More Information
Students should contact Nila Emerich, Graduate Studies Coordinator, at EmerichN@missouri.edu or 573-882-1847 or toll-free at (800) 553-5698 for general questions about our graduate studies program and assistance submitting the application.
Anjali Dogra Gray, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Biology and Health Sciences, Lourdes University
“I received a top-notch education and research experience at the University of Missouri-Columbia, which prepared me for the rigors of the work in the “real world.” My graduate studies made me more aware of what is expected of science majors when they graduate with their degrees. Now I am a professor and I feel well equipped to guide students towards careers in science. Mizzou will always have a special place in my heart.”
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.