Admissions, Selection and Application

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Admissions and Selection

Admission to the IBS Ph.D. Program is determined by the six IBS Faculty on the Student Selection Committee and by the IBS Deans Council. Admission is then communicated to the candidates by the IBS Program Office and the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.. Candidates must have completed the B.S./B.A. and/or Master’s degree in areas related to Integrative Biosciences, e.g., the Biological, Chemical, Physical, Health, Food, Nutritional, Agricultural, Environmental, or Natural Resource Sciences. If deemed necessary, the student may be required to take additional prerequisite courses.

Competitive candidates for admission should have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 or higher in all previous studies, a GPA of 3.4 in upper division courses and completed the GRE general and subject tests.

International students who are granted admission to the IBS Ph.D. Program must consult with the Office of International Programs, Tuskegee University, concerning legal documents to enter or stay in the United States for the duration of the program. Grades received from international programs of study must be translated into the U.S. scale by World Education Services, Inc. [ (212)-966-6311]. International students must also submit proof of financial support and TOEFL scores.

Three excellent letters of recommendation from faculty or others who have known the student in an academic or research capacity, official transcripts from each institution attended, GRE scores, a resume or curriculum vitae documenting previous research or teaching experience, and a statement of interest, which details the applicant’s goals and potential research focus areas are required as part of the application.

Applications to the IBS Ph.D. Program are received by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research
( which ensures that the applications are complete and forwards copies to the IBS Ph.D. Program Office. The IBS Program Office convenes a Student Selection Committee which will review the applications according to merit, then make recommendations for acceptance to the IBS Dean’s Council. The IBS Dean’s Council makes the final decisions regarding selections. Annual reviews of the IBS Ph.D. Program are provided by an Internal Advisory Committee and an External Advisory Committee.

Program Specifics and Academic Requirements

Students admitted to the IBS Ph.D. program will be required to take a number of core courses including bioethics and the graduate seminar, and to complete at least one teaching assistantship. All students will need to demonstrate, through course credits or other means, competencies in Bioethics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology/Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, and Biostatistics/Computational Methods in Life Sciences. Additional course requirements vary depending on the educational level of the individual student and their intended area of focus.  The majority of courses required for completion of the degree will be chosen by the student's co-advisors and advisory committee.  In addition, all students are required to spend the equivalent of at least one semester in a non-academic setting-e.g., industry, research institute, government agency, or non-government organization-for "real world" professional experience and to demonstrate competency in leadership and communication skills.

Application, Fees and deadlines

Application forms for the IBS Ph.D Program may be requested from the Tuskegee University Office of Admissions (1-800-622-6531) or downloaded directly from the Internet ( The application fee for the IBS Ph.D. Program is $35.00 and is non-refundable. Additional fees are required for international students using the WES service, as indicated on the application form. The deadline for application to the IBS Ph.D Program is December 15.