Specific aspects of admission to the Applied Biology Program are described below. These policies are in addition to all the standard requirements for graduate admission described by UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions office.
Admission to the Applied Biology Ph.D. program is contingent on securing a faculty sponsor. It is the responsibility of the applicant to identify potential advisors, communicate with them, and secure a letter of sponsorship from at least one. Letters of sponsorship should be uploaded with your application, and are separate from your three letters of recommendation. Applications that lack a letter of sponsorship are not considered complete, and will not move on to the next round of consideration. Many faculty have their own process for selecting among prospective Ph.D. students, so it is best to contact them early in your application process. Students will have the opportunity to select a different permanent advisor during year 1, but it is anticipated that one of the predetermined potential advisors will serve as the permanent dissertation advisor.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission, but may be requested by a faculty sponsor during the evaluation process. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS, or Duolingo English Test are required from international applicants that come from countries where English is not the primary (official) or second predominant language. A minimum score of 90 is required on the TOEFL.
A personal statement must be submitted that describes the student’s educational background, research experience, and career goals. The student must identify at least one potential faculty advisor in the statement. Particular attention will be given to students who have research experience and display a commitment to pursuing excellence in science.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation from professional sources must be submitted at the time of application. Sources may include academic professionals or supervisors/colleagues from a current or previous employer.
February 15, applications received after 2/15 will be considered depending on RA/TA availability.
See the UMass Lowell online Graduate Catalog for additional requirements of the program.
Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information about the application process.