December 1 is the deadline for the receipt of application materials for acceptance into the Ph.D. program beginning the following fall.
April 15 is the deadline for the receipt of application materials for acceptance into the Master's of Science program. Only students who have an undergraduate degree from UMass, Amherst, or one of the other 5-colleges in the area (Amherst, Hampshire, Smith or Mt. Holyoke) are eligible for the MS program.
Required Application Materials:
- Application with Personal Statement
- Application Fee
- All Transcripts
- Minimum of Two Letters of Recommendation
- GRE Scores for General Exam (not required for master's students)
- TOEFL and Financial Statement (for international applicants only)
Applicants must take the GRE General Test prior to the December 1 application deadline for us to receive the scores in time to consider your application for the following fall semester. Scores received after the December 1 deadline will be considered only if your application has been received and paid for by December 1. A Subject Test in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or physics, while NOT REQUIRED, will be helpful in the review of your file.
A file will generally not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
A bachelor's degree from a qualified college or university is required or expected prior to the program's start date. Applicants are expected to have taken college-level courses in Biology, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Calculus, and Physics.