Master of Science Biology
APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR ALL STUDENTS (RESIDENT, NON-RESIDENT AND INTERNATIONAL STATUS)
Submit the following application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies. Keep copies of everything. Deadlines are posted in the calendar of the latest Graduate Bulletin which is available online. Electronic applications are not currently accepted. Have official copies of the transcripts and GRE test scores sent directly from the issuing organizations to UOG.
The required application materials are:
1. A cover letter indicating that
A. you desire to pursue a Master of Science in Biology,
B. you have sought advisement from the faculty of the Graduate Program in Biology and
C. you wish one copy of your application materials sent to the Chair of the Graduate Program in Biology.
2. Forms from the application packet: the Application for Admissions to the Graduate
School, Report of Medical History, Residency Form and (for international students only)an Affidavit of Support.
3. Non-refundable application fee of US$49 (for applicants from the U.S.A., its possessions and freely associated states, e.g., the former Trust Territories of the Pacific) or US$74 (for international applicants) paid with a cashier’s check, money order, or credit card.
4. Two official copies of each transcript from all undergraduate and graduate institutions. Ensure that the transcripts are complete and indicate that the degree was conferred and sent directly from Admissions and Records from the respective University. Students may send unofficial copies with the application provided the official copies are sent separately and received by the Graduate Studies Office by the end of the first semester.
5. Official results of the GRE general and Biology subject tests taken within the last five years sent directly from Educational Testing Services to the Graduate School. As detailed above in section I.E of the Program Procedures webpage, you may defer taking these tests until after arrival on Guam and before accumulating more than 12 graduate credit hours (preferably in the first semester).
6. At least three letters of reference from those most familiar with your qualifications to do graduate work in biology. The sealed letters can be submitted with the other materials in your packet or sent directly to the graduate school by your recommenders.
7. A CVsummarizing your qualifications and accomplishments plus any related work experience.
8. A statement of intent, no more than one page, describing your aspirations and how UOG’s Graduate Program in Biology will assist you in meeting those goals.
9. If you are from a non-U.S. University, an official certification indicating proficiency in English via one of the following is required:
A. Graduate English Proficiency Examination (GEPE) issued by UOG. The exam consists of writing a short essay on one of three topics announced at test time. The exam is evaluated as Pass or Fail by three faculty members from the Division of English and Applied Linguistics. The test is normally administered a few weeks before the semester begins; further information is provided in the application packet.
B. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of at least 550 on the paper-based version or at least 213 on the computer-administered version.
C. The general test of the GRE taken within the last five years having a score of 400 or greater on the verbal section.
D. GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) in which you have scored at least 400.
E. Waiver of certification by the Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies if you (1) possess a graduate (post-baccalaureate) degree from an accredited U.S. University or (2) have graduated from a foreign institution in a country where English is the native language. This waiver should be requested in the cover letter.
10. Form for declaring country or island of residence. Active-duty military personnel and their dependents are also considered residents of Guam, as are members of the freely associated states, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, FSM and CNMI. This is important, as UOG is a state school and Guam residents enjoy substantially lower tuition rates than non-residents.
11. Request for Transcript form to be filled out and sent to the institution from which you graduated.
12. Report of Medical History to be filled out and signed by medical doctor or registered nurse. Here, you provide evidence of vaccination against mumps, measles and rubella (“MMR”) if you were born after 1957, as well as the results of a Tuberculin (PPD) test taken within the past six months. If the PPD test is positive, also submit results from a chest X-ray. The PPD test can be done on arrival on Guam at the Medical Clinic in the Student Services building.
For International students there are additional requirements – see the link for these.