Admissions Requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in biology (or a related sub-discipline) with a basic foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

Applicants will be considered on the basis of their intellectual capacity, communication skills, motivation, and aptitude for laboratory research. Applicants with serious undergraduate course deficiencies may be required to correct these prior to admission into the program.

The Admissions Committee looks forward to reviewing your application.  Please ensure that you submit a complete application with all items listed below. Applications that are missing any of the following items cannot be considered for an admissions decision.

Complete our online application including supplemental materials (listed below.)  Only complete applications are reviewed. There is no fee required to submit your application.

Submit the University application.

II. A Statement of Purpose, approximately 250 words, describing your goals and objectives for enrolling in this program.

III. All official transcripts sent directly from the University Registrar's Office for programs completed within the United States and officially evaluated transcripts by WES or ECE of all undergraduate and any graduate studies if completed outside of the United States. If your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees are from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report. The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts. Please review our Transcript Credential Evaluation Directions.  

IV. Two letters of recommendation.

V. Official GRE scores are required, Please have official GRE general test scores sent from https://www.ets.org/ (Duquesne University code is 2196).

VI. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY - Your application package must also contain the following:

  • Duquesne University Affidavit of Support Form completed in full and an official bank statement. The affidavit of support form is a legal document that a student's sponsor must complete and have notarized and certified. The bank statement must be from the sponsor and show at least one full year of costs. Estimates of costs for the academic year are available from our Office of International Programs.

Special Student Status

Students who wish to take graduate science classes but are not interested in earning an advanced degree may apply for "Special Student" status. See the Special Student Application Instructions for more information.

Don't hesitate to contact us if we can help answer any questions you have about the application process or requirements.

Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences
100 Mellon Hall
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Telephone: 412-396-6349