Department of Biology Graduate School Application Checklist

1. Prepare the Graduate School Application.

  1. Meet minimum requirements:
  • A minimum of 30 hours of undergraduate course work in science and mathematics
  • At least 2.75 G.P.A. (4 point scale) for last 30 semester hours of undergraduate science and math courses
  • Complete application for Graduate School
  • Application Form for Domestic Applicants
  • Application Form for International Students
  • Don’t forget to pay application fee!
  • Mail application to:
    Office of Admissions
    MS 3550 / Graduate Studies
    Southeast Missouri State University
    One University Plaza Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799
  • Call 573-651-2590 if you have any questions
  • Compose a one page (single spaced; 12 pt font; Times New Roman) letter of intent indicating your main areas of interest in your graduate application packet

2. Include Letters of Recommendation and Supplemental Application Material

  1. Have two letters of recommendation mailed to the Office of Admissions (address above). Send at least one letter of recommendation to Dr. Siegel at the address below.
  2. Take appropriate GRE and have your scores mailed to the Office of Admissions (address above). See Graduate School website for GRE requirements.
  3. Fill out Curriculum Designation and Faculty Agreement Form
  • Search for a faculty advisor (click here to view our Faculty Index). One faculty member in Biology must agree to be your sponsor (advisor). An agreement by the faculty member must be secured from the faculty member and designated with the Faculty Agreement Form.
  • Mail form to:
    Dr. Dustin S. Siegel
    MS 6200/ Department of Biology
    Southeast Missouri State University
    One University Plaza, MS 6200 Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

3. Observe the Application Deadlines as follows:

Target Admission Semester Submission Deadline
Spring October 1
Summer and Fall (preferred) April 1

4. Apply for a Graduate Assistantship (Optional)

Graduate Assistantships offer an opportunity to work teaching labs. The assistantship includes a stipend and a tuition waiver (fees are still paid by the graduate student).

To be considered for a graduate assistantship, fill out the Graduate Assistantship form (note: international students cannot work as graduate assistants their first semester at Southeast per state guidelines)

  1. Meet one of the following minimum requirements
  • At least 2.70 G.P.A. (4.0 scale) if applying with only an undergraduate degree
  • A previous master’s degree
  • 9 hours of completed graduate level coursework in his/her degree program with at least a 3.5 graduate G.P.A. (4.0 scale).
  • Mail completed Graduate Assistantship application to Dr. Siegel (address above)

Applications for Graduate Assistantships can be turned in at any time. However, students who have not been admitted into the Graduate School will not be considered. In addition, assistantships are generally decided at the end of the spring semester (for fall assistantships) and the end of the fall semester (for spring assistantships). Therefore, Graduate Assistantship applications should be mailed at the same time as Graduate School applications for the best chance of receiving an assistantship.

Application Forms

Application forms for Graduate School
Application for Biology Graduate Assistantships

Downloadable Forms for Current Students

Forms from the School of Graduate Studies
Additional forms from the Department of Biology

Contact Information

Dr. Dustin Siegel, Department of Biology

Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 651-2357

Ms. Vicki Howell, Department of Biology

Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 651-2170