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Aquatic Resources

Ph.D. Program Director
Dr. Michael (Clay) Green
mg54@txstate.edu
512.245.8037
Supple Science Building,
Room 232

Texas State’s location, near many aquatic ecosystems, including San Marcos Springs, the headwaters of the San Marcos River, as well as The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Aquarena Center, and the Freeman Aquatic Biology Building, provides students with a unique opportunity for study and research.

Degree Course Work Dissertation Total Hours
Ph.D. 45 hours 15 hours minimum 60 hours
Ph.D. 75 hours (for applicants with bachelor's degree only) 15 hours minimum 90 hours

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall January 15 January 15
Spring August 15 August 15
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
For scholarship, fellowship or assistantship consideration, applications must be completed by the deadline above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA for applicants with a bachelor's and a master's degree

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • master's degree in biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, or a related natural science field from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.25 GPA in all completed graduate course work

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted.

Transcripts & GPA for applicants with a bachelor's degree only

  • baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, or a related natural science field from a regionally accredited university. Applicants with backgrounds in other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • official transcripts required from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.5 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review the instructions for submitting your official transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted.


GRE Scores

  • official GRE scores required, preferably in the 60th percentile in both the verbal and quantitative sections

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Documents

  • mentor communication (intent to mentor letter) sent directly from a doctoral faculty member within the Biology Department. Visit the faculty list for a current list of faculty and their research interests and contact information.
  • resume/CV summarizing your educational and professional accomplishments
  • statement of purpose describing your professional aspirations and rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree in aquatic resources
  • three letters of recommendation addressing the substance and quality of your preparation for doctoral study

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.