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|
|Fall||January 15||January 15|
|Spring||August 15||August 15|
|Summer I||No Admission||No Admission|
|Summer II||No Admission||No Admission|
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.
- 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
Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.
- 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.