PhD & Master's Program

Application Process and Requirements for PhD and Master's Program Applicants

Admission Requirements:

Faculty Sponsorship

  • Visit the Faculty Sponsorship Page for more details.
  • Applicants should contact their prospective faculty sponsor directly.
  • PhD and MST Applicants without a faculty sponsor will NOT be considered for admission


Academic Criteria:

  • GPA of at least 3.0


Required Undergraduate Courses

  • Will accept a C or higher for 3 our of 4 of the following course options:
    • Genetics, Calculus (or higher-level math course), Organic Chemistry and Physics
  • Students chosen for admission are required to make up any course deficiencies their 1st semester.


Language Proficiency Requirements (international applicants only):

  • TOEFL iBT scores: A minimum of 16 on each component part (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) for admission. A minimum of 24 on speaking section to qualify for a GTA position.


  • IELTS score of at least 7.0
  • Sponsoring faculty must petition the Graduate Studies Committee to waive the minimum requirements


Please note that the Department of Biological Sciences no longer requires GRE scores for admission*


Application Process:

Applications must be submitted online to the Graduate School using ApplyYourself application system.

  • Biographical information
  • Official TOEFL (or IELTS) scores (school code: 1005)
  • Citizenship Status
  • Official transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School using the following address:

The Graduate School
106 Hargis Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849-5122

  • Official electronic transcripts from domestic institutions (non-international) may be sent to
  • International applicants should provide an official original language transcript and final diploma/certificate(s) accompanied by a certified English translation of each document.
  • Your application is not considered complete until official transcripts and score are received by the Graduate School.
  • Application Fee ($60 for domestic; $70 for international applicants)
  • Please pay careful attention to the application deadline as late applications will not be accepted by Auburn University.

Three letters of recommendation

  • Recommendation letters should be submitted through the Apply Yourself application system.
    • This system will allow you to log into your online application to track which recommendations have been submitted.
    • You can also utilize this system to electronically re-notify any recommenders that have not submitted a letter as well.

Letter of Intent

  • Your letter of intent should be uploaded directly through the online application system.
  • All letters of intent should provide information regarding both the short-term and long-term goals of the applicant. In particular, potential advisors will be interested in why the applicant desires to pursue a specific degree and how acquisition of this degree will serve to advance the individual toward their professional goals. Finally, while a letter of intent is an important instrument, it is still a personal statement of interest and can appropriately contain any information that the applicant feels is unique or important about their academic or research experience.

Additional Information:

Admission deadlines for complete application packets:

  • February 1 for Fall Semester admission with guaranteed GTA support (i.e. regular support GTA).
  • 45 days before the start of the Admission Semester with no guaranteed support (domestic students).
  • 90 days before the start of the Admission Semester with no guaranteed support (international students).


  • Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee
  • Regular support GTAs are highly competitive and the number of awards is limited, so not every qualified applicant can be offered support.
  • Students can be admitted without a guarantee of support from the department.
  • Acceptance will be based on a combination of factors including:
    • Faculty Sponsorship (PhD and MST only)
    • Academic performance (e.g. curriculum, GPA, and research experience)
    • Letters of recommendation
    • TOEFL scores (international students only)
    • Letter of intent

Financial Support

  • All PhD and MST applicants that complete their applications by February 1 are automatically considered to be candidates for a regular support Graduate Teaching Assistantship. There is no additional application required.