Application Procedure

Students who have completed work for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution may apply for admission to the M.S. or Ph.D. program. Most students admitted to our Ph.D. program will have already earned a M.S. degree.

Applicants are assessed based on experience, motivation, readiness and potential to engage in high-level graduate research and succeed in the program. This is initially based on review of personal statements, letters of reference, and prior academic and other relevant performance. Competitive applicants will further be reviewed through admission interviews and meetings. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to potential faculty research advisors prior to application.

We expect that successful applicants will have a GPA>=3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

GRE scores are not required, but applicants have the option to submit them.

For award of teaching assistantships to international students required to take a test of English proficiency, we consider a TOEFL score of >=90 to be acceptable. The IELTS equivalent is approximately 6.5.

Application Requirements

All prospective graduate students must:

International students also must:

Choosing Area(s) of Research

As you prepare your Statement of Academic and Professional Goals, please consult other parts of the School's homepage to learn more about each faculty member's research program. You can access individual faculty members' homepages by clicking here on 'Faculty' on the School's homepage, or faculty members' names are listed under their research area click here for this information.

We do not admit graduate students without at least one faculty member who is willing to have the student in his or his lab. Thus, it is essential that applicants contact members of our faculty who work in your areas of interest and discuss whether they are taking new students, whether your interests overlap sufficiently with theirs, and what research topics are being pursued in their labs. This should be the first step in applying to our graduate programs.

We encourage you to contact via e-mail, telephone, or letter those faculty members who are conducting research in areas of interest to the applicant. By doing so, you will learn more about specific lines of research being pursued in each faculty member's laboratory. We also encourage you to arrange a visit to our campus, which will allow you to meet with faculty and graduate students to learn more about the School and the research opportunities that are available.

Financial Assistance

All applicants approved for admission are provided financial assistance in the form of a Teaching Assistantship (TA) or a Research Assistantship (RA), both of which include a monthly stipend and a waiver of one's graduate tuition. After students have been admitted to our graduate program, they will be given instructions to apply on-line for the TA or RA. You should not apply on-line for a TA or RA until after you have been admitted to our MS or Ph.D. program. Please note: RAs are arranged through the faculty member directing your thesis/dissertation.

Deadlines

To receive full consideration for admission and financial assistance, please submit all of your required application materials to the Office of Admissions and the School of Biological Sciences by February 1 for Fall Semester (August) admission.

Applications received after these dates may be considered only if the admissions process has not yet been completed. Students wanting to enter our graduate program in Spring or Summer should apply for Fall semester. Once admitted, you can request your start date be changed to a different semester.

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you need assistance in completing the documents, or if you have questions about the application procedure or our graduate programs, please email Ben Sadd, Assistant Director for Graduate Studies, or the Office Administrator, Barbara Cox using the links below. Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs.

Ben Sadd
Assistant Director for Graduate Studies
bmsadd@ilstu.edu

Barbara Cox
Office Administrator blreina@ilstu.edu