Master of Science Biology
Additional Admissions requirements
A. Download the UOG International Application for Graduate Admissions. Fill out and submit with all other Admission requirements.
B. Pay a $74 (U.S. Dollar) non-refundable application fee. Application fees may be paid with a cashiers check, money order or credit card.
C. Written documentation of vaccinations against the following communicable diseases; measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) if born on or after 1957. A certified doctor’s certificate stating that these vaccinations were given to the student is sufficient.
D. Proof (affidavit) of financial support. If you and your advisor have agreed on a tuition scholarship (i.e. a Marine Lab Scholarship) and/or you have been offered a research assistantship, a letter certifying this from your future advisor is sufficient. Otherwise, a bank statement from you showing at least three months of transactions and a current balance of at least US$1000 is required. The bank need not be based in the U.S. Alternatively, you may have a sponsor (e.g., a family member) sign and have notarized a statement certifying that they will pay your tuition.
E. Copies of your current passport and any U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) documents (visa: I20, I94) that may have been issued to you (either current or in the past).
If you currently have a valid I20 visa and are attending another school, college, or university in the United States then please send a copy of this visa.
Once you have been sent a letter of offer from the Graduate Studies Office you will be issued a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Status (I-20), which gives you approval to enter the U.S. to attend the UOG Graduate School. You will bring the I-20 with you to your nearest U.S. Embassy, to apply for an F-1 (student) visa. Then, the following will occur:
1. UOG will process your I-20 within one week after all other requirements are met and application materials are received. They will send you the I-20 form via priority international mail no earlier than one month prior to your expected enrollment date.
2. You will schedule a personal interview with the U.S. Embassy nearest you soon after receiving the I-20 form or in anticipation of receiving it. Contact the embassy for details of how appointments are made for interviews (this is currently usually done online). The embassy application form will require an address of residence in Guam. You should contact your prospective advisor if you have one (if not, contact the Program Chair) regarding this requirement. Take the I-20 form with you to the interview. Most embassies will issue you an F-1 visa within 48 hrs of the interview (although this varies between countries).
For more details on rules and regulations pertaining to student visas please consult the website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (www.dhs.gov).