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Admissions Criteria Details
Department of Animal Biology Graduate Program


Applicants for admission to the Department of Animal Biology:

  • Must have at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. Current or previous UIUC graduate students should not submit an application or pay the application fee, but must follow reentry instructions or petition for a change of curriculum via the Graduate Student Petition process. More information on the petition process can be found at:
  • Must have a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A = 4.0) for the last 2 years of bachelor's degree work and a minimum GPA of 3.0 for previous graduate degree work. Applicants will have separate GPAs computed for: (1) all biology courses and (2) all science/math courses taken during graduate studies. The GPA for each of these areas should be a minimum of 3.0.
  • Must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The GRE Subject test is not required. All exam scores must be dated less than two years prior to an applicant's desired date of admission. The majority of applicants we offer admission to have GRE scores of 1200 or above.
  • Naturalized citizens, permanent resident aliens, and legal immigrants may be required to furnish TOEFL scores, depending on their countries of origin, their length of residency in the US, or the locations and media of instruction for previous institutions they have attended.
  • Must possess the potential for success in advanced research, as documented in letters of reference (at least 3) from prior instructors or research supervisors and demonstrated in the applicant's "Statement of Purpose."

Additional requirements for international applicants:

  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL scores. International applicants must have a TOEFL score of at least 613 (paper-based test), 257 (computer-based test), or 103-104 (internet-based test) to be considered for admission. The TOEFL must be taken within two years of the proposed term of entry; older scores are not valid. Request that official TOEFL scores be sent directly to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.