Admission Requirements

The minimum requirement for admission is a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a major in biology or a related field. Undergraduate courses should include at least five courses or 20 credits of biology. Additional co-requirements should include one year each of chemistry and mathematics (two semesters of calculus or a semester of calculus and a semester of statistics). Applicants to the Biotechnology program should have proficiency in cellular biology, genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry. A cumulative undergraduate average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 0 to 4.0 is expected. Lower GPA’s will be considered based on overall strength of application.

In addition, we require a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test and two letters of recommendation from persons addressing the applicant’s academic ability and potential.

International students must supply a World Education Service (or its equivalent) evaluation of their undergraduate transcript and, depending on their country of origin, have a satisfactory score on  the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application forms and graduate catalogs are available from the William Paterson University Graduate Office. To complete your application file, submit the following: completed application form, two letters of recommendation, official college transcripts, and scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination. Application fee is $50.

The Biology Department and WPU offer several ways to support your graduate studies. For exceptional candidates we offer graduate assistantships with tuition and fee waiver with a stipend of $6,000. These awards are competitive and require a separate application through the Provost's Office. Preference is given to students interested in individual research 

The WPUNJ Department of Biology is pleased to announce the availability of Biology Adjunct Faculty Teaching Opportunities for Graduate Students, a new initiative to provide financial support and teaching experience for exceptionally qualified graduate students in Biology or Biotechnology.  Students accepted under this initiative will be admitted as graduate students into the M.S. Biology or M.S. Biotechnology program and will be appointed simultaneously as Adjunct Faculty in Biology with a teaching assignment instructing laboratory sections of undergraduate biology courses.  Students with teaching assignments do not receive tuition waivers but are paid on a per-credit basis according to the current Adjunct Faculty salary schedule.  If you are considering the MS Biotechnology program at WPUNJ, this opportunity provides a new route to defraying the costs of your graduate education.  Contact Biology Graduate Director Dr. Michael Peek for further information.

Financial aid is also available through the Federal Stafford Loan Program. Additional information on financial assistance can be found on the Graduate Admissions Page.

Graduate Program Director

Michael Peek, Ph.D.

973.720.2247 • peekm@wpunj.edu