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Doctoral Degrees in Biological Sciences

Doctoral Programs

The Department of Biological Sciences also collaborates with the Department of Chemistry in offering the Ph.D. option in biochemistry. Laboratory thesis research is a required component of this program. If you have specific questions about our doctoral biochemistry program, contact Dr. Thomas Shea, our doctoral program coordinator.

It is also possible to obtain a Ph.D. degree in Marine Science and Technology or Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology through Intercampus Graduate School Programs offered together with other campuses of the UMass System. Contact Dr. Juliette Rooney-Varga regarding marine science and Dr. Garth Hall regarding biomedical engineering.

  1. Submission of the Graduate Application (check Graduate Admissions website for additional information).
  2. Statement of Purpose. For students interested in a project- or thesis-based Master’s degree, it is highly recommended that the student contact a professor prior to application to evaluate the possibility of research collaboration.
  3. A bachelor's degree or its equivalent with a minimum 3.0 GPA or international equivalent of a 3.0 GPA. All international transcripts may be evaluated by the Center for Educational Documentation (CED) to verify the degree and calculate an American equivalent GPA if none is provided. The expense of a CED evaluation ($100-$200) is the responsibility of the applicant.
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  5. Graduate Record Examination scores for the General Exam. A minimum score of 300 for the computer-based examination is preferred, with minimum scores of 150 verbal and 150 quantitative.
  6. A TOEFL score or IELTS score is required for international applicants. This score may be waived for applicants from countries where English is the official language. 

For the latest course and admission requirements please consult the UMass Lowell Graduate Academic Catalog.