Applicants for admission to the Graduate Program should use the online application site.

Important: When you apply, please contact the graduate program director Dr. Angelica Gonzalez by email ( or at (856) 225-6335. To expedite the admission process, it is recommended that all ancillary materials such as letters of recommendation and a copy of the application be sent directly to:

Graduate Program Director
Biology Department
Joint Health Science Center
Rutgers University
201 S Broadway
Camden, NJ 08103

Completed applications should be received no later than March 1 for fall admission if the applicant wishes to be considered for assistantships, fellowships or other financial aid. For applicants not requesting financial aid, the application deadline for the fall term is July 1. The application deadline for the spring term is December 1, although extensions of these deadlines may be possible in some cases.

International students applying from abroad must submit application materials by November 1 for a spring term admission and March 1 for a fall term admission. 

Applicants for admission to the Master of Science (MS) program in Biology are normally expected to have completed an undergraduate major in the sciences (preferably in biology), including basic biology courses such as physiology, genetics, developmental biology, ecology, molecular biology, organic chemistry, college physics, and college mathematics through calculus. Students deficient in some courses may be accepted but will be required to complete such courses without credit early in the Master’s program.

Applicants for admission will be evaluated on the basis of academic record (grade point average), letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of graduate school plans. Applicants may wish also to submit other supporting information (i.e., work or research experience, special skills, etc.) which might assist the admissions committee. The Graduate Program in Biology does not discriminate against any minority groups and will make admission decisions without regard to race, sex, color, creed or national origin. The Graduate Program encourages applications from minority groups.