Admission Requirements | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

Master of Science in Biology (MS) Admission Requirements

Recommended application deadline for FALL entry: July 1
Recommended application deadline for SPRING entry: Nov 1
Recommended application deadline for SUMMER entry: April 1
Note: applications will continue to be accepted and considered for admission as long as seats remain in the class.

  • Completed application for admission, including:
    • Online application
    • One to two page essay on career plans and reasons for pursuing a master’s degree in biology
    • Curriculum vita or resume
    • Two letters of recommendation (three if GPA is < 3.0). At least one recommendation must be from an academic source, preferably from a math or science professor.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and overall science grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. (Probationary admission may be granted for applicants with a GPA of less than a 3.0 who show extreme promise through their other achievements.)
  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree in biology or a related field from an accredited college or university. At a minimum, students should have successfully completed the following:
    • 1 year introductory biology (with lab)
    • 1 year introductory chemistry (with lab)
    • 1 semester organic chemistry with lab (2 semesters preferred)
    • 1 course in statistics
    • 1 additional college-level mathematics course
    • 3–4 upper level courses in biology, biochemistry, or psychobiology.

Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in biology, or have not had strong academic performance in their undergraduate biology degree, may be provisionally admitted to the MSBIO program, on the condition that they successfully complete the HMX Fundamentals online courses in immunology, physiology, genetics, and biochemistry offered through Harvard Medical School’s Office of Online Learning.

For more information about the program, contact Tyson Schrader at

Alternatively, we also accept applications completed via PostBacCAS

Prospective students are welcome to email an unofficial copy of their transcript for evaluation of prerequisites in advance of applying.

Admissions Materials may be submitted to:
Chatham University
Office of Graduate Admission
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Fax:  (412) 365-1609

Integrated Degree Program

Chatham University undergraduates applying through the Integrated Degree Program (IDP) must complete all requirements outlined on their respective admission or track tab on the IDP Portal Site. All IDP applicants should work closely with their academic advisor to ensure they are meeting all requirements according to their IDP course of study.