A complete application to the MS Marine Biology program requires online submission of the following materials:

Please submit the online application through Northeastern University’s Graduate School in the College of Science, accessible from the Apply Now button.

Applicants must have graduated with a baccalaureate degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, geology, or other related discipline, from an accredited four-year college or university prior to matriculation. You must have completed one year of introductory biology and two additional biology electives (genetics and ecology). While exceptions can be made in certain cases based on the strength of the overall application, it is expected that students entering the program have earned a 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA. Original transcripts of all academic work are required.

Applicants must submit three online letters of reference. Referees who can address your qualities working independently, in a group, as well as in a field setting are most desired. Your references will by contacted with details regarding online submission using an email address provided by the applicant on the online application form.

GRE Exam
Applicants to the MS Marine Biology program must submit general GRE scores. The institution code for Northeastern University is 3682 and the department code for MS Marine Biology is 0211. A GRE Subject Test is not required.

Personal Statement
The online application requires submission of a personal statement. We expect prospective students to provide a thoughtful and mature description of their career goals, what skills or qualities they bring to the program, as well as what they specifically hope to gain from our program.

Additional Materials
A curriculum vitae (résumé) and writing sample are not specifically required for admission, but when submitted along with your personal statement they are helpful in allowing our admissions committee to gain a better understanding of your qualifications and experience.

While a formal interview is not required, due to the intense field-oriented curriculum, complex logistics, and high cost associated with this program we strongly recommend students visit the Marine Science Center in Nahant, preferably during the fall semester when the program is in residence. Contact the Three Seas office to schedule either a visit or phone interview.