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Application Procedure

Department of Biology Graduate School Application Checklist

1. Prepare the Graduate School Application.

  1. Meet minimum requirements:

    • A minimum of 30 hours of undergraduate course work in science and mathematics
    • At least 2.75 G.P.A. (4 point scale) for last 30 semester hours of undergraduate science and math courses
  2. Complete application for Graduate School
  3. Mail application to the Office of Admissions: Office of Admissions, MS3550/Graduate Studies, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799

    • Call 573-651-2590 if you have any questions
    • Don’t forget to pay application fee!

2. Supplemental Application Material

  1. Have two letters of recommendation mailed to the Office of Admissions (address above).

  2. Compose a one page (single spaced; 12 pt font; Times New Roman) letter of intent indicating your main areas of interest and mail to the Office of Admissions (address above).

  3. Fill out Curriculum Designation and Faculty Agreement Form and mail to the Office of Admissions (address above).

3. Observe the Application Deadlines as follows:

Target Admission Semester Submission Deadline
Spring October 1
Summer and Fall (preferred) April 1

4. Apply for a Graduate Assistantship (Optional)

Graduate Assistantships offer an opportunity to work teaching labs. The assistantship includes a stipend and a tuition waiver (fees are still paid by the graduate student).

To be considered for a graduate assistantship, fill out the Graduate Assistantship form (note: international students cannot work as graduate assistants their first semester at Southeast per state guidelines)

  1. Meet one of the following minimum requirements
  • At least 3.0 G.P.A. (4.0 scale) if applying with only an undergraduate degree
  • A previous master’s degree
  • 9 hours of completed graduate level coursework in his/her degree program with at least a 3.5 graduate G.P.A. (4.0 scale).
  • Mail completed Graduate Assistantship application to the Department of Biology: Graduate Program , Department of Biology, One University Plaza MS6200, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

Applications for Graduate Assistantships can be turned in at any time. However, students who have not been admitted into the Graduate School will not be considered. In addition, assistantships are generally decided at the end of the spring semester (for fall assistantships) and the end of the fall semester (for spring assistantships). Therefore, Graduate Assistantship applications should be mailed at the same time as Graduate School applications for the best chance of receiving an assistantship.

Application Forms

Application forms for Graduate School
Application for Biology Graduate Assistantships

Downloadable Forms for Current Students

Forms from the Graduate Studies

Contact Information

Department Chair, Department of Biology

Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 651-2170


Rhodes Hall 224
Department of Biology
One University Plaza, MS 6200
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701