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M.S. in Biological Sciences Admissions Information/Requirements

Guidelines and Information

Applicants must:

  • hold a bachelor's degree in the biological sciences or related major
  • have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0)

Completed applications to the M.S. in Biological Sciences will include each of the following items:

Up to two pages in length (submit via the online application).

Statement of Intent
The "Statement of Intent" for the M.S. in Biological Sciences requires students to answer the following questions and also imposes a 300 word maximum for each question.

  • Why do you want to join Fordham's Graduate Biology Program?
  • How will a Graduate degree in Biology help you in your career goals?
  • Describe your research experiences to date.
  • Describe your research interest.

Official transcripts
Official degree transcripts confirming prior degree conferral should be ordered at least one month prior to the application deadline. Please ensure that they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions ( via secure electronic delivery. If electronic delivery is not available, please request that your transcripts be submitted directly via post, in a sealed envelope, to: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Office of Admissions, Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY 10458. Please note: you may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts to your application while the Office of Admissions awaits receipt of your official transcripts.

Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on standardized testing, GRE scores are optional for both the Ph.D and M.A. programs for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Applicants who wish to submit GRE scores may do so, but scores are not required (scores should be sent directly by the testing service to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Fordham University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences – Code #2259).

Three letters of recommendation (submitted directly by referees via the online application).

English Proficiency

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete and submit to GSAS prior to matriculation their official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). GSAS will also consider a student’s International English Language Testing System (IELTS)—Cambridge English Proficiency Level language testing results and the Duolingo English Test (DET) as an assessment of your English competency. 

Official TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores should be sent directly by the testing service to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Fordham University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences – code #2259. Please consult the English Proficiency page for additional information.  

Minimum score requirements for most programs:*

Exam Score
IELTS 7.0 band score
DET 120

Contact with any admission-related questions.

.We encourage questions and requests for guidance or information by email to either Professor James D. Lewis, Department Chair (, or Professor Silvia C. Finnemann, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies (