Applicants are evaluated based on their research experience, letters of recommendation, academic record, and statement of purpose. Students are expected to have undergraduate training in biological, chemical, mathematical, and physical sciences.
The priority deadline for Fall 2024 applicants is December 1, 2023. Applicants who submit their complete application by the priority deadline will be given preference in consideration for interview and University-sponsored fellowships.
Applications received after the priority date will be considered on a rolling basis until January 1, 2024. Applications completed or received after this date will not be reviewed.
Prerequisites and Academic Background
Applications are accepted from both domestic and international students. Domestic applicants are those applicants who are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and Canadian citizens. International applicants are those applicants who are not U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or Canadian citizens. Additional information for international students can be found through the TAMU Office of Admissions.
Suggested Academic Background
Successful applicants typically hold undergraduate degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, molecular biology, or biophysics. We also encourage candidates with degrees in other relevant disciplines (e.g. physics, engineering, or computer science) to apply.
- Biochemistry | 2-semester course sequence
- Molecular Genetics | 1 semester
- Organic Chemistry | 2-semester course sequence
- Physics | 1 semester
- Calculus | 1 semester
Step 1: Complete an Application on GraduateCAS
The GraduateCAS Application is required for admission to all graduate programs at Texas A&M University. BCBP waives the application fee for all applicants, who apply by December 1, 2023 . To accept the waiver, please select Pay by Check. Questions about the application fee should be directed to the Graduate Office.
Step 2: Prepare your Statement of Purpose
Your Statement of Purpose should describe the personal, educational, and/or professional experiences that motivate your decision to pursue advanced study in science. Include specific examples of research and/or professional activities in which you have participated (if applicable). For each activity, provide a terse and scholarly introduction, a concise description, and any results or conclusions; include figures if appropriate. Specify your contributions to the project and cite any resulting presentations or publications. The statement should be a total of 2–3 pages in length.
Step 3: Request Three Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation will be uploaded electronically by the letter writer; letters routed through the applicant will not be accepted. Selected writers will be automatically contacted by the GraduateCAS system.
- Ideally, recommendations will come from faculty or advisors who are familiar with your academic achievement and prior research experience; they should be able to speak to your potential for success as a graduate researcher.
- Non-academic references may be appropriate in some cases. Please contact the Graduate Office for suggestions.
Step 4: Submit your Academic Transcripts
TAMU Graduate Centralized Application Services (CAS) will allow transcript upload during the application process. If you provide transcript(s) by upload and you receive an offer of admission and intend to join, you must provide the official transcript(s) directly to the Office of Admissions before you will be permitted to register for classes.
- You must submit transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (excluding community colleges).
- Transcripts can be submitted through SPEEDE, PARCHMENT and National Student Clearinghouse.
Note: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University, but you may be asked to upload one in the central application service (CAS).
- Transcripts are considered official only when they have an original signature of a school official or an original school seal. Accepted signatures include the Registrar, Principal, Controller of Examinations, or The Ministry of Education. Photocopies or other duplication of a transcript, such as notarized copies and faxes are not considered official.
- Consolidated and provisional mark-sheets are NOT considered official either. Please upload individual mark-sheets that list grades earned in each term.
- If your institution does not issue a transcript in English you must provide the official original language transcript along with an official English translation. Official translations are prepared by a recognized translation service and include all original seals and/or signatures.
- For students currently enrolled in the United States, copies of official transcripts from other countries are accepted provided the copies are verified by the United States institution the applicant is currently attending. Faxed, emailed, and/or notarized copies will not be accepted. Evaluations are not accepted as transcripts.
- Many universities in the United States can use the electronic format. Electronic transcripts can be processed much faster than paper transcripts. Texas A&M will accept transcripts sent electronically through SPEEDE, PARCHMENT or National Clearing House.
- Official transcripts from institutions out United States can also be sent to email@example.com instead of uploading them on CAS.
Step 5: Test Scores
Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are NOT required for either domestic or international applicants.
Texas A&M University does require a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) from applicants whose native language is not English, with the exception of those applicants completing all four years of a baccalaureate degree in the United States. The scores should be sent directly from the testing service to Texas A&M University (code 6003) and be from a test date within two years of the date that the application form reached the Office of Admissions and Records.
Step 6: Interviews
Interview invitations are extended to select applicants. Applicants residing in the U.S. will be brought to campus for an in-person interview, while applicants outside the U.S. will be interviewed virtually. Typically, interviews are scheduled mid-December to early February.
Step 5: Official Transcripts
- Official transcripts are required from each senior-level, post-secondary institution attended. Electronic versions of your transcript sent from your previous institution(s) are preferred.
- If the institution cannot use this format and you have attended an American or Canadian college or university, one official transcript is required. Please ask each registrar to enclose one copy of your transcript in a sealed, signed envelope addressed to you. Place the signed, sealed envelope with the seal unbroken and the registrar’s signature intact inside a second envelope and send it to the following address: (U.S. Postal Service)
Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001
- If the transcripts or mark-sheets are from a university outside the United States, they are to be signed by the registrar, controller of examinations, or president of the university issuing the document. Official records are to be in the language of instruction, accompanied by official translations in English, if necessary. Translations sent directly from the institution attended or from a recognized translator are considered official.
Step 6: Admissions Requirements
- A minimum 3.0 GPA.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test). (Required only for international students; see “Required Documents” on the international graduate how to apply page for details.)
- Admission decisions may also be influenced by consideration of research experiences (for M.S. and Ph.D. applicants) or professional training (for MNRD applicants) and achievements beyond undergraduate study that demonstrate potential for success in a graduate program.
Step 7: Admission Decisions
- You will learn whether you have been admitted via letters to you from the Texas A&M University Office of Admissions and the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology.
Step 8: Tuition and Fees
To learn more about the cost of study at Texas A&M, explore the Student Business Services website.
Step 9: Financial Support
Check out the BCBP Financial Support page for more information on graduate student funding.
For further questions, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach out to one of the Graduate Office Team members below.