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The Biology PhD program complements other, more specialized life science degree programs at Arizona State University. We offer individualized courses of study that include laboratory, field and theoretical work.
This degree allows both interdisciplinary and more traditional disciplinary approaches. The program is flexible and tailored to your individual needs and interests in consultation with your program's committee.
To receive PhD degree in biology, you must complete the following:
By the end of your 6th semester, submit and defend your research proposal. You must also pass an oral, comprehensive exam in order to advance to candidacy.
Your program is completed with a public defense of your PhD thesis and by passing an oral exam administered by your supervisory committee.
Applications are accepted Oct. 1 - Dec. 15, with a preference date of Dec. 1.
The Biology PhD program admits one group of students annually to start their program in the fall semester, the following August.Applications are accepted Oct. 1 through Dec. 15, with a preference date of Dec. 1.
There is no guarantee that applications received after Dec. 15 will be reviewed. In January, the top applicants will be invited to a recruitment event scheduled in mid- to late-February.
Before applying, we encourage you to read our Tips for Applying.
We will notify you of your admissions status by April 15.
Note: Your application is evaluated based on your entire application package.
You will be asked to:
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of
The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
More information on financial support through the School of Life Sciences.