Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What benefits does the ABBS offer graduate school applicants?
What is the application deadline?
What are the admissions requirements?
How do I apply?
Are GRE Exam scores required?
Is research experience required for admission?
Do I need to know which PhD program I want to join before applying?
If I already know which program I would like to join, can I apply directly to that program?
How many application fees do I need to pay?
Will I need to pay for my graduate education?
Do I need to take the TOEFL?
1. What benefits does the ABBS offer graduate school applicants?
The ABBS gives first year graduate students the broadest possible options in choosing their field of study. By applying through the ABBS, first year students can avail themselves to the research of more than 200 faculty working in diverse areas of biological and biomedical sciences. Research interest areas of program faculty include: cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, neurobiology, immunobiology, biochemistry, cardiovascular biology, physiology, pharmacology and toxicology, plant biology, bioinformatics and systems biology.
2. What is the application deadline?
3. What are the admissions requirements?
Students admitted through the ABBS programs must have an undergraduate degree in biological or physical sciences and must have completed course work in mathematics (through calculus), chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Students can be admitted with course deficiencies under some circumstances. Students who already have an MS degree are encouraged to apply.
4. How do I apply?
All applications must be submitted through the University of Arizona Graduate College online application system. Follow the "apply now" link above.
5. Are GRE Exam scores required?
Yes. We require the GRE General Test, consisting of the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing tests. A Subject Test is not required. We accept MCAT test scores only for students applying to the University MD/PhD program. Click here for information about this program.
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6. Is research experience required for admission?
We highly recommend, though it is not required, that students have previous undergraduate research experience before applying.
7. Do I need to know which PhD program I want to join before applying?
No. A major advantage for students is that by applying to the ABBS you can explore different areas of biological and biomedical inquiry. Following rotations you will join a lab and one of the associated PhD programs. To better understand your goals, on the application we will ask you about your present interests and objectives. This information does not affiliate you with a specific department or graduate program.
8. If I already know which program I would like to join, can I apply directly to that program?
All ABBS programs, with the exception of Plant Sciences, recruit only through the ABBS Program. Plant Sciences also accepts applications directly to their graduate program. See the PLS website for more information. If a student entering through the ABBS already has a firm idea about a research area and graduate program, the student is welcome to focus their rotations with faculty affiliated with that program and begin their core curriculum requirements.
9. How many application fees do I need to pay?
One. Applying to the ABBS requires just a single application fee.
10. Will I need to pay for my graduate education?
No. Students admitted to ABBS and subsequent individual graduate programs will be fully supported. ABBS and participating graduate degree-granting programs provide a competitive annual stipend, plus payment of tuition and student health insurance. Successful Ph.D. applicants are normally guaranteed this support for five years following their admission, dependent on satisfactory academic progress. Prospective students should factor in the cost of living in the city where they will attend graduate school. Tucson is a relatively inexpensive place to live when compared with other major cities. The average rent of a one-bedroom apartment is $570 per month.
11. Do I need to take the TOEFL?
If you are a US citizen, have a degree from a university in the US, or if your native language is English, then you are exempt from taking the TOEFL. If you are an international student whose first language is not English and do not have a degree from a University in the US, then you are required to take the TOEFL. Scores must be from a TOEFL test that was taken no more than two years ago. Detailed exceptions from the TOEFL can be found on the Graduate College website.
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Institution code for GRE and TOEFL: 4832