Thank-you for your interest in applying to our Graduate Program! We hope the application process is a smooth one, but there are some complexities that we need to explain. If anything is confusing please contact us!
First, our main admissions process is geared for entry into the program in the fall semester in each year. We will consider admissions for spring semester only under highly unusual circumstances. Please contact the DGS if you or your potential mentor wants you to enter starting in the spring.
Biology has two admissions processes, one for the PhD and thesis Master's degrees, and one for the non-thesis Masters. Please consult our pages on degrees offered to learn more about them.
Target Date for PhD and thesis Masters
The Biology Department begins its review of applications for Fall entry of new PhD and thesis Masters students shortly after January 1 of each year. This is not a deadline, but students who apply by Jan 1 are considered for Fellowships, and have the best chances of being accepted. Later applications will be considered, but space will become more limited as the class fills. One exception is that the Graduate School has an application deadline of February 1 for International Students. For all applicants, we recommend submission of the application by Jan 1 to ensure full consideration.
Target Date for non-thesis Masters
Biology will begin reviewing applicaitons for our non-thesis, primarily coursework, Masters program starting 15 April. We recommend you get your applicaiton in by this date, but we will consider applicants that arive later but space may be filled up as time passes. Applicaitons arriving after 1 July may not be considered.
You will apply to both the Graduate School and the Biology Program simultaneously through an online application process. For PhD and thesis MS students, this applicaiton also serves as the applicaiton for an assistantship. Please review the Biology Department specific instructions regarding the information content and format of your CV and personal statement before completing your application. Also, you can find a general description of the University of Kentucky's graduate admissions process on their website: UK Grad.
The online application will require you to enter some information and upload files for other elements. Letters of recommendation will also be uploaded here later on by your letter writers. Once you apply, you will be issued a web link to provide to your references.
New applicants should first select the "Create Account" tab on the application web site.
Apply online at: UK Biology Application*
We look forward to learning more about you. Good luck!