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Master of Science in Biology 

Application Requirements  

Applicants should submit all admission credentials to the Graduate School Office by April 15 for fall admission. Admissions are only made one time per calendar year for the fall term.

Admission to the Master of Science degree in biology requires the applicant to successfully complete an undergraduate major in biology, or its equivalent, and one year of general chemistry.

To apply for admission, applicants should submit:

  1. The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee.
  2. Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.
  3. Two letters of recommendation. In the online admissions application, you will be asked to provide names and email addresses of two individuals from whom you have requested letters of recommendation. These two people will then receive an email instructing them to upload the letter into our online application system. It's a good idea to talk with these individuals ahead of time so they will be expecting the email when they receive it.
  4. A statement of Personal and Professional Goals. Indicate whether admission is sought under the thesis or non-thesis option. Applicants with any questions in regards to these statements, please contact the graduate director: Dr. Janice Chism at 803/323-2111 ext. 6429 and/or send an email to
  5. Official scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The official GRE score must be sent directly to the Graduate School office from the testing service. Eligibility for admission to the program is based on the following point scale:  
GPA and GRE Scale


Score Percentile

Points GRE-Quantitative Score Percentile


80% or above 7 85% or above 7
3.51-3.75 7 70-79% 6 65-84% 6
3.26-3.50 6 50-69% 5 50-64% 5
3.01-3.25 5 35-49% 4 35-49% 4
2.76-3.00 4 20-34% 3 20-34% 3
2.51-2.75 3 19% or below 2 19% or below 2
2.26-2.50 2        
2.01-2.25 1        
Below 2.00 0        


Compute the points from each of the three areas listed above and apply the total to the following table:

Eligibility Score
Eligibility Score Status

Eligible for interview, then admit or deny


Admission denied


Applicants with admission scores between 12 and 22 will be contacted by Dr. Janice Chism, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Biology, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, 29733, 803/323-2111 ext. 6429, to schedule an interview.  The final admission decision is at the discretion of the Biology Department. 

Applicants should submit all admission credentials to the Graduate School Office by April 15 for fall admission. After the Biology Department reviews the materials, the applicant will be notified in writing by the Graduate School Office of the admission decision.

The Master of Science degree in biology requires the completion of at least 30 semester hours of approved graduate-level courses. At least half the work presented for the degree must be 600-level courses. At least 24 semester hours of these courses must be in biology.

Each graduate student in biology, before receiving the Master of Science degree, must attend a minimum of five departmental seminar programs. Attendance does not carry course credit.

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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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