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Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires an undergraduate degree with a major in a bioscience or chemistry or related area.  Alternatively, applicants with B.A./B.S. degree in a related field with a minor or equivalent work/certification experiences may be considered for conditional admission. While a minimum of a baccalaureate degree is required, applicant evaluation will consider pertinent background, prerequisite courses and opportunity for successful completion. Generally, applicants should have courses or experience in:

  • Molecular Cell Biology or Molecular/Cellular Biotechnology (i.e. BIOL 351 or BIOT 355/356)
  • Microbiology or Biology of Microorganisms (i.e. BIOL 160 or BIOL 367)
  • Statistics (i.e. BIOL 215 or MATH 242)
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry (i.e. CHEM 150 and CHEM 341/351)

Applicants who have not completed an upper division biochemistry course may be required to take CHEM 341 or 351.

Additional Admission Criteria:

Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate studies at CSUSM, including an official score report of the General GRE.

A grade point average of 2.5 on the last degree completed, or the last 60 semester units completed. 

An undergraduate grade point average in all completed science and math courses of at least 2.75 or a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 35 semester units of science and math.

Two letters of recommendation.

A one-page personal statement describing reasons for pursuing this program.

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement via one of the three following methods:

TOEFL passing score:  A score of 80 internet-based (iBT), 213 computer-based (CBT) or 550 paper-based (PBT). Scores above 15 on the Writing section of the iBT will be considered on a competitive basis. Test scores must be sent directly from ETS, please visit the ETS website for detailed information and test locations. Our school code is 5677.

IELTS passing score:  An overall band score of 6.0 with a writing score no lower than 6.0 and no section score below 5.5. Be sure to let us know when you take the test and provide us with your Test Report Number (TRN) so we can electronically download the scores. Please visit the IELTS website for testing dates and locations.

ALCI TOEFL waiver: If you are interested in applying for an ALCI TOEFL waiver, please visit the ALCI website.