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Graduate School

Biological Sciences Ph.D.


  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
  • School/College: Arts and Sciences

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See the program curriculum and learn about admission. 



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Fall Application Deadline:  December 1, preferred;   January 1, final

Required Documents

  • Official Transcripts (unofficial attached to application at time of submission)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • TOEFL/IETLS Score (if applicable, unofficial attached to application at time of submission)
  • Personal Statement: 1 - 2 pages in length (clearly indicate the program area of interest and summarize the motivation to pursue graduate studies)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume (to include: Education, General Research Interests, Publications, Computer Skills, Work Experience, Teaching Experience, Awards and Honors)

Applications Accepted for These Semesters...

  • Fall Semester

Areas of Concentration 

  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Physiology
  • Plant Science


A Note from the Program

Admission is competitive, so it is important to contact professors that you might be interested in working with and ensure that they will be taking students.  At a minimum, prospective students are expected to meet all entry requirements of the Graduate School of the University of South Carolina and to have earned a baccalaureate or higher degree in a Biological Sciences related field with at least a 3.0 GPA.  Admission to the program does not require applicants to have taken the GRE.  Submission of GRE scores, however, is optional and required to be eligible for certain university stipend enhancements. Students whose native language is not English must submit language proficiency test scores. Please upload unofficial copies of all transcripts and test scores at time of application submission. Ensure that all documents are received and processed by deadline. Incomplete applications will not be viewed. Prospective students should apply to the program of their choice, but realize that the number of spaces available is limited. 

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