Applications to the Biology graduate program are reviewed by a departmental committee that evaluates both the potential of the applicant to complete graduate work and the availability of a suitable faculty member to supervise the applicant.
In addition, the committee ensures that each applicant meets the following admission requirements:
Extremely well-qualified students who do not satisfy all of these requirements may petition the selection committee for an exception to be granted.
If an application is approved by the selection committee, it is then evaluated by the Biology graduate faculty. Applicants can be accepted only if a graduate faculty member agrees to serve as the student's major advisor. Thus, each applicant is also encouraged to correspond directly with faculty members in fields related to the applicant's interests in order to explore the possible availability of a faculty sponsorship. If an applicant is both approved by the selection committee and sponsored by a graduate faculty advisor, the student can gain entrance into the graduate program of the department, contingent upon acceptance by the UNM Office of Graduate Studies.
Please note that two sets of application materials are required: (a) one set for the Graduate Admissions Office (GAO) , and (b) one set for the Department of Biology. These two sets of application materials differ from each other:
It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials arrive on time and contain the appropriate materials for both the Graduate Admissions Office and the Department of Biology. Please plan ahead and begin assembling these materials well in advance. In addition, please give your reviewers ample time so that their letters of recommendation can reach the Department of Biology by the deadline.
APPLICATION DEADLINE—All materials must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office and the Department of Biology by January 15th for admission the following fall.
A) Application materials to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office:
An on-line application form for materials to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office can be found at http://www.unm.edu/grad/admissions/admissions.html
B) Application materials to be sent to the Department of Biology:
(Note: For International Students Only—do not send any materials directly to the Department of Biology; instead, send all application materials to International Admissions; see link for foreign applicant.)
For all domestic applicants, the following materials must be received by the Department of Biology by January 15th:
A checklist of application materials to be sent to the Department of Biology is available for your convenience.
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M.S. (Plan I [thesis] and Plan II [non-thesis]) and Ph.D. in Biology
Arid land ecology; behavioral ecology; botany; cellular and molecular biology; community ecology; comparative immunology; comparative physiology; computational biology; conservation biology; ecology; ecosystem ecology; evolutionary genetics; evolutionary biology; genomics; microbiology; molecular genetics; parasitology; physiology; physiological ecology; population biology; systematics; vertebrate and invertebrate zoology.
Master Degree Requirements:
See pages 76-79 and 156-157 of the UNM Catalog 2007-08 [PDF large: 7.8 MB].
Doctorate Degree Requirements:
See pages 82-86 and 157 of the UNM Catalog 2007-08 [PDF large: 7.8 MB].
See pages 157-162 of UNM Catalog 2007-08 [PDF large: 7.8 MB].
The UNM Department of Biology offers financial support for the first five years to all doctoral students new to the UNM Graduate Program who are in good standing, and to qualified master’s students for their first two years. These assistantships are available to qualified graduate students and are awarded on a competitive basis. The responsibilities of teaching assistants generally involve supervising laboratory sections and other undergraduate instruction activities. Support in the form of research assistantships also may be available.
Tuition costs and fees for in-state and out-of-state graduate students for the academic year may be found at UNM's Student Financial Aid Office Budget web page. Tuition for up to 24 semester hours per academic year is paid for by the Department of Biology for teaching assistants, and may be paid by research grants for research assistants.
The Biology Graudate Student Association (BGSA) is avaliable to help graduate students. You can access their web page at: http://biology.unm.edu/BGSA