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Track 3: Biology

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The Biology Department offers graduate programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees. We have 22 graduate faculty that represent the breadth of the biological sciences. The program is distinguished from other programs by the faculty's commitment to individualized instruction. We maintain a low student:faculty ratio (~2:1), and we actively mentor students through their graduate training. Our graduate curriculum is organized into four research focal groups:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Systematics
  • Comparative Physiology and Behavior
  • Integrative Plant Biology

The Master's Degree program at Wake Forest includes two main components. In consultation with a three member advisory committee, a 24 credit hour course curriculum is designed to enhance the student's scientific training. The student also designs and carries out a comprehensive thesis investigation in the laboratory of one of the Biology faculty. The Ph.D. program is fundamentally research oriented. Doctoral students take qualifying exams in their second year and mix graduate seminar courses and any appropriate general coursework with a heavy emphasis on dissertation research.

In general students, in consultation with their committee, craft an individualized curriculum that best suits their career goals and aspirations. Biology faculty members encourage students to suggest new courses of interest to them.

Learn more about the Biology program by visiting their website.


Successful applicants to our programs should have a solid academic background and a passion for science and discovery. Complete applications include a personal statement outlining area(s) of interest and practical experience, resume or CV, official transcript(s), GRE (and TOEFL report for international students) and 3 letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to submit an on-line application; however paper applications are still available. You are strongly encouraged to complete your application by the deadline for full consideration for financial aid and for invitations to the recruitment weekend in February. Late applications will be considered while openings remain.

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