Due date for Thesis-based MS degree
Applications are due February 15th each year for the following fall. Apply here.
The following minimum coursework requirements must be met prior to enrollment in the program:
- At least two Biology courses (or related subject area)
- One semester of Statistics AND one semester of Organic Chemistry, Genetics OR Ecology
Scholastic Record (Test Scores and GPA)
The PBC Program looks for appropriate preparation for advanced study. The following are suggested minimum scores, and are not absolutely required. All aspects of the application are considered:
- GPA: 3.0
- GRE test scores are not required, but you may submit them if you like. If you choose to submit them, for applicants applying to Fall quarter 2020 may not be older than September 1, 2015.
- TOEFL: 577 (paper-based); 233 (computer-based); 90 (internet-based)
- TOEFL test scores for applicants applying to Fall quarter 2020 may not be older than September 1, 2018.
For more information on the application process, please see The Graduate School website.
The Application Process
- Completed electronic Graduate School application form, including a personal statement. The personal statement should not exceed 2 pages and should address:
- Why you want to pursue a graduate degree
- Why you want to pursue a graduate degree in the Northwestern/Chicago Botanic Garden Program
- Indicate your research interests and faculty members with whom you might like to work.
- Information you think is relevant with regard to your past experiences and future goals
- Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended (additional information for international students). Unofficial transcripts can be accepted for review, but if accepted into the program, you will be required to submit an official transcript.
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your academic and research achievements.
- For applicants whose native language is not English, you must also submit TOEFL scores that are less than two years old.
- Current resume or CV.
- Students are required to present the results of original research in the form of a written thesis to a faculty committee as part of completion of the degree. It is strongly recommended that all applicants contact any faculty members with whom they may be interested in working, so that they have a better idea about opportunities and how their interests fit with the program. The strongest applications often come from individuals that have spoken with one or more faculty members in advance of submitting their application. It is not required that you identify an advisor before being admitted. Read about faculty research.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Information regarding tuition rates and fees can be found by visiting The Graduate School Tuition web page.
All students are considered for tuition fellowships. Most MS thesis students receive scholarships covering 65% of tuition. Additionally, while it isn’t guaranteed, most students interested in part time employment are able to find opportunities at the Chicago Botanic Garden or Northwestern University to supplement their income.
Students who are interested in applying for student loans to supplement any financial awards made by Northwestern are advised to visit The Graduate School's information on student loans.Back to top