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Future Graduate Students

Thank you for your interest in graduate study in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue.

We have a vibrant graduate program that will prepare you for today's challenging academic, industry, and federal job markets. With nationally and internationally recognized faculty, our Department's research programs cover the gamut from understanding the structure of viruses to understanding the structure of ecological communities.

Additionally, we actively foster a collegial climate among all members of the Department. Faculty collaborate across disciplines, and labs frequently share resources. What we value in our graduate students are features such as determination, resilience, independence, critical thinking, and creativity.  We aim to recruit highly motivated applicants who demonstrate evidence of these characteristics through their research and other activities.

Overall, our program will provide you with the opportunities to actively learn and develop multiple skills that will enhance your preparation for the job market.

Application Tips

Faculty members from the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University explain what they want to see in a successful grad school application. It's about more than test scores and accomplishments. We understand choosing a graduate program is about culture and fit, too. Tell us who you are, why you want to be here and what you hope to accomplish.

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