Eligibility and requirements

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Applicants are required to hold a BSc in Biochemistry, Microbiology or an acceptable equivalent before final acceptance can be granted. Priority is given to students with a grade point average (GPA) equivalent to 6.5 (B+ to A-) or better on the University of Victoria 9-point scale; however, the department will consider applications from students who have a minimum GPA of 5.0 (B) on a 9-point scale if they have a demonstrated record of research accomplishment.

Provisional (early) acceptance can be offered to applicants in good standing in their final year of study, subject to fulfillment of the criteria set out above.

Mature students (students who have at least 4 years of relevant research experience) will also be considered for admission.

International applicants, mature students, or applicants with a GPA less than 6.5 or equivalent may strengthen their application by submitting the results of a recent General GRE (Graduate Record Examination) with their application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): a minimum score of at least 600 is required (100 for the internet based version). An overall score of at least B and 7.0 with no score of less than 6.5 on each academic component of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be accepted as an alternative to a TOEFL score. Scores older than two years are not acceptable.

All students must maintain a GPA of 6.0 (B+) or better in their graduate course work to remain in the program.

Entrance to doctoral studies

Applicants holding or expecting to hold a BSc may only apply to the MSc program. To transfer to the PhD program, MSc students must apply within 18 months of starting their MSc and pass a candidacy examination that consists of a successful oral defense of a research grant proposal.

Admission to a doctoral degree program normally requires a master's degree in Biochemistry or Microbiology from a recognized institution. Students who wish to enter the PhD program after completion of a MSc degree in this department must apply in the usual manner. One of the referees for this application must be the MSc supervisor as the Department of Graduate Studies Committee must consult with M.Sc. supervisor before deciding on the student's re-admissibility.

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More information about applying to UVic graduate studies is available on the Graduate Studies website.