Prospective Students

Applicants will need to submit an application to their home campus, which is determined by where your faculty advisor resides.  If applying to Texas A&M University main campus, please contact Dr. Duncan MacKenzie or Jennifer Bradford  If applying to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, please visit  For information regarding the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Marine Biology in general and applying to Texas A&M University at Galveston contact Ms. Holly Richards ( in the Research and Graduate Student Office or visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Applicants can only apply to one track (M.S. non-thesis, M.S. thesis-option, or Ph.D.) per admissions year.  In addition, applicants applying to the M.S. thesis-option or Ph.D. programs should only have one advisor agreement.

Instructions below only apply to applicants applying to the Texas A&M University at Galveston Marine Biology IDP.  For those applying to Texas A&M University or Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Marine Biology IDP, please refer above.             

Applying to Program

  1. Identify a Graduate Mentor (for M.S. Thesis-Option and Doctoral applicants only)
  2. "Apply Texas" Application
  3. A Statement of Purpose
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. Recommendations
  6. Official Transcripts
  7. GRE Scores
  8. Pay Application Fee    

Procedure Details      
Identify a Graduate Mentor

Graduate studies in science require that you identify a mentor who will guide you along your career path.  A mentor needs to be identified prior to admission to the Graduate Program in Marine Biology for the M.S. thesis-option or doctoral degree.  M.S. non-thesis option students will be assigned a faculty advisor upon acceptance for the Galveston campus only.

The faculty of the Graduate Program in Marine Biology recommends that students begin to contact potential mentors for admission into the program 9-12 months in advance.  For students seeking the M.S. thesis-option or Ph.D. dissertation degree, this allows the potential faculty mentor to determine if your research interests match their own, and if proper funding and space are available.  The research interests and contact information for faculty members in the Graduate Program in Marine Biology can be found here.

“Apply Texas” Application

Please completely fill out the “Apply Texas” Application form [website].  It is recommended that an applicant submits an application before submitting other required admissions items.

A Statement of Purpose

A statement of purpose presents a narrative explaining your reasons for applying to the Graduate Program in Marine Biology as well as professional goals.  To complete the application process, it is required that you submit your statement of purpose through your Apply Texas application under the section "Career Objectives".


A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) demonstrates your involvement in academia and/or the workplace.  It complements the statement of purpose.  Send your electronic resume/CV (Microsoft Word format) to Ms. Holly Richards ( in the Research and Graduate Studies Office. 


Recommendations are important professional documents that allow the selection committee to learn more about you, and your experiences from the perspective of others. These recommendations typically come from professors from whom you have taken coursework, conducted an internship, or research project, etc., as well as present or former employers.  Recommendations from the academic community are preferred.

Recommendations are submitted electronically using the Applicant Information System (AIS).  Applicants have access to AIS once their Apply Texas application has been submitted and processed.

Official Transcripts

Please arrange for official transcripts from your undergraduate institute (and if applicable graduate institute) to be sent to the Admissions Office.  This often takes some time, so plan accordingly.  Mail official transcripts to:
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Attn: Graduate Studies
PO Box 1675
Galveston, TX 77553

GRE Scores

Please arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the Admissions Office.  This also will take time, so please plan on taking the GRE early enough to allow for scores to arrive at the Admissions Office. GRE Codes are 6835 for Texas A&M University at Galveston, 6003 for Texas A&M University (main campus - College Station), and 6849 for Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.

Pay Application Fee
There is a required application fee: $50 for US citizens, and $90 for international students.

International Applicants

International applicants should visit the Graduate Studies website for additional requirements.

Application Dates - dates below refer to our office receiving the application and all supplemental items (i.e. transcripts)
Fall Entrance
September 1 - Application available
December 1 - Early Decision Deadline (for those wanting early decisions)
February 15 - Final application deadline for Doctoral Applicants Requesting Funding
May 1 - Applications due for all Applicants

Spring Entrance
September 1 - Applications available
October 1 - Applications due for all Applicants

Summer Entrance Not Available

Marine Biology Handbook for Galveston Applicants and Students - click here

Want more information?  Visit the TAMUG Graduate Studies Website or the General Information Request Website