How to Apply

Faculty Member Commitment

You don’t need a commitment from a faculty member to apply, but it helps to have made contact first. Our faculty can also help you with questions about which program is the right fit, or point you towards faculty who’s research you haven’t seen yet.

NOTE: Biology, Ecology, and MCIBS require students to identify potential faculty when they apply

Contacting Faculty

There are lots of resources out there for “how to contact faculty.” If you review these resources and follow their advice, you will not only make a better first impression on your prospective advisor, but you will also get a more helpful and thorough response!

How do I get more details if I need to ask questions?

Each program has slightly different procedures, so follow the process for the program that interests you —the links below will take you to application sites for each program. (If you can’t decide, get in touch with one of our faculty and they can help direct you.)

Graduate Student Associations



Inquire with faculty

Early Winter


Deadline Program
Dec. 15 (Review as received) Biology
Dec. 15 Plant Pathology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Molecular Cellular and Integrative Biosciences
Dec. 20
Dec. 30 Mathematics
Jan. 3 (Review starts Nov. 15)
Bioinformatics & Genomics
Jan. 7

Late Winter

Initial decisions and campus visits

Early Spring

Final decisions and commitment to join program