Candidates for admission to the master's, doctoral, and joint-degree graduate programs offered by the Department of Biology are invited to contact the department.

Application Process

All graduate applicants should:

  • Complete and submit the standard graduate application form along with application fee. 
  • Submit the following supporting documents and information.
    • An official transcript of all undergraduate or higher courses. (In order to expedite the processing and evaluation of admissions, unofficial transcripts may be submitted. However, final, official transcripts and documentation of degree conferral are expected to be submitted as soon as possible.)
    • Contact information for three recommenders.
    • A statement of purpose

Submitting Test Scores

Applicants must include results of the Graduate Record Examination, preferably including an advanced test in one of the biological sciences. GRE or other test scores must be sent directly to the Catholic University Office of Graduate Admission from the testing service. Do not attach to the online application.

Code
Catholic University's test code for the GRE and TOEFL is 5104

Prerequisites

Standard prerequisites for graduate work in biology include two years of chemistry, two years of biology (including biochemistry and microbiology), one year of physics, and one year of calculus. Students admitted to the department with a deficiency take the required courses during the first year of graduate work.

International Applicants

Attach original copies in the native language and translated forms of the following:

  • Grade reports
  • Certificates
  • Transcripts

English Proficiency, Proof of Funding
Both English proficiency and proof of funding documents must be presented to the Office of Graduate Admission either by postal mail or in person. These documents will not be accepted through the online application.

Current Masters Students Seeking Admission to the Doctoral Program

The Office of Graduate Studies would like to inform you that the paper application for a higher degree is now available online. Applicants can access the application here: https://cardinaladmissions.force.com/metroThis application is only to be used by current Catholic University masters students seeking admission to the doctoral program in their respective discipline. The application is now live on the Graduate Studies website here: https://graduate-studies.catholic.edu/masters/forms.html. We are hoping this will make the process much simpler for our masters students.

Important Dates

The Catholic University of America accepts applications on a rolling basis. Once your application file is complete, you will receive a decision within 4-6 weeks.

For Fall Semester

  • FEB
    1
    Graduate Application Completion to be eligible for scholarship consideration
  • JUL
    1
    Graduate Application Completion for international students
  • JUL
    15
    Graduate Application Completion for domestic students

For Spring Semester

  • NOV
    1
    Graduate Application Completion for international students
  • NOV
    15
    Graduate Application Completion for domestic students

For Summer Term

  • APR
    1
    Graduate Application Completion for all students and all programs