Applying to Submatriculate in Biology

Your completed application, a letter of recommendation from your primary Research Advisor, and Submatriculation Form can be submitted to the Graduate Office as early as the end of the Spring semester of your Sophomore year. Please contact Dr. Dustin Brisson for information regarding the application acceptance timeline. 

1. All applicants must have the support of a Biology Research Advisor and attend a Biology Master's Program information session prior to submitting a formal application. A list of potential Research Advisors can be found at the bottom of this page; please be sure to complete the Advisor Support Form.

2. Print a copy of the Submatriculation Form and see the Master’s Program Director, Dr. Dustin Brisson, to discuss coursework. The Undergraduate Chair must sign the Submatriculation Form if courses are to be double-counted between the Master's and undergraduate degrees.*More information on required signatures in Step 4.

3. Fill out a Graduate Application and pay the $90 application fee. Required sections on the online application: Personal Information, Program Information, Undergraduate College/University, Additional Information, and a brief Personal Statement. Upload an unofficial transcript, resume, and if you wish, writing samples/research papers.  Have two of your professors write recommendation letters for you using the links on the online application. One letter must be from your Master's thesis advisor.

4.Contact Dr. Niel McDowell, Assistant Dean for Advising (College Advising Office- 120 Cohen Hall, 215-898-6341) to review the Submatriculation Form. You must then submit it to the Master’s Program Director or the Academic Office, Leidy Lab room 102. The Master’s Program Director will obtain the Graduate Group Chair's signature and turn in the form to the Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences

5. IMPORTANT:  If you substitute a graduate course for one that you filled out on the Submatriculation form, YOU MUST fill out a new form and repeat the process, giving the Master’s Program Director the updated copy. If courses are not showing up on your graduate transcript, you need to make sure the form you completed is up to date.

6. Register to graduate with the Master’s degree in the first academic month of the semester in which you plan to graduate. You will receive directions on how to write your thesis and other requirements. You will not be giving the Graduate School a copy of your thesis, contrary to what the directions tell you.


*Potential Research Advisors:

Erol Akcay - Ecology and BiodiversityEvolutionNeurobiology, Behavior, and PhysiologyComputational Biology

Nicholas Betley - Neurobiology, Behavior, and PhysiologyCell and Developmental BiologyGenetics, Epigenetics, Genomics

Nancy Bonini - Neurobiology, Behavior, and Physiology

Dustin Brisson - Ecology and Biodiversity, EvolutionMicrobiologyGenetics, Epigenetics, Genomics

Maja Bućan - Genomics And Computational Biology,  NeuroscienceCell And Molecular Biology

Fevzi Daldal - MicrobiologyCell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, Epigenetics, Genomics

Kim Gallagher - Plant BiologyMicrobiologyCell and Developmental Biology

Mark Goulian Microbiology, Genetics, Epigenetics, Genomics, Computational Biology

Brian Gregory - Plant Biology, Genetics, Epigenetics, Genomics, Computational Biology

Brent Helliker - Ecology and BiodiversityPlant Biology

Daniel Janzen - Ecology and Biodiversity, Evolution

Mike Lampson - EvolutionCell and Developmental Biology

Mia Levine - EvolutionCell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, Epigenetics, Genomics

Michael Levy - Ecology, Epidemiology, Infectious diseases

Alain Plante - Biogeochemistry

Mecky Pohlschröder - MicrobiologyCell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, Epigenetics, Genomics

Dejian Ren - Neurobiology, Behavior, and PhysiologyCell and Developmental Biology

Marc Schmidt - Neurobiology, Behavior, and Physiology

Paul Schmidt - Ecology and Biodiversity, EvolutionNeurobiology, Behavior, and Physiology, Genetics, Epigenetics, Genomics

Sara Tishkoff - Evolution, Genetics, Epigenetics, Genomics

Doris Wagner Plant BiologyCell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, Epigenetics, Genomics, Computational Biology

*This list reflects Biology Graduate Group faculty who have expressed interest in serving as research advisors. A complete list of members of the Biology Graduate Group can be found here and hereHowever, students should be aware that faculty exercise full discretion over whether or not to supervise Master’s students. Faculty may be limited in their ability to take on students due to a number of factors, including space and time constraints.