The School of Biological Students participates in the UMKC Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program (IPh.D.). Applicants need to select as their primary discipline either Molecular Biology & Biochemistry or Cell Biology & Biophysics. Applications to the M.S. or the doctoral program are made online. Click Here for the online application. If you are applying to the M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, you apply to the School of Biological Sciences. If you are applying to the I.Ph.D. in Cell Biology & Biophysics or the I.Ph.D. in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, apply to the School of Graduate Studies.

Qualifications for admission as a M.S. or Ph.D. student

  • A baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, physics or related discipline, and a 3.0 grade point average (3.2+ expected).
  • Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the student's academic and intellectual capabilities.
  • A minimum GRE Aptitude Test score of 300 (out of a maximum of 340) on the verbal and quantitative tests is expected, in combination with a score 4 (out of a maximum of 6) for the analytical writing test.  The subject test is optional. These tests should be taken as early as possible so that the results will be available by February 15 of the year of anticipated matriculation.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must pass the TOEFL examination with a minimum score of 90 (our of 120) on the internet based exam.
  • For all international students, a score of 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) of TOEFL is required.

Admissions to the M.A. in Biology for the nurse anesthetist certificate is limited to 10 new students per year.  Admission is made directly to the School of Nurse Anesthesia, Truman Medical Center.  Additional information can be obtained online at the CRNA Website or by email at