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The mission of the Master of Science in Biology program is to prepare students for further graduate studies or for career opportunities in education, research, medicine, allied health, or other professional areas. The program also aims to help students become leaders in the sciences, by developing the skills and abilities necessary to function as productive, creative, ethical and engaged scientists. This is achieved through selected coursework, research design and experimentation, faculty mentoring, and interactions with peer communities.


Courses You'll Take

The Master of Science in Biology is designed to give students depth of training in biology beyond that provided by the baccalaureate degree. Students, in concert with their advisory committee, design a plan of study containing focused graduate coursework relevant to their area of interest. All students choose one of two paths of study: the field/laboratory-thesis option and the literature-thesis option; both provide further educational depth through research and completion of specific courses selected for the students’ personalized programs of study.

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Biology or a related field
  • Written statement of a graduate faculty member's commitment to serve as the student's major advisor.
  • Online application for admission.
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. All transcripts must be from accredited institutions. Undergraduate transcripts must show a minimal 2.50 GPA overall with a preferred minimal 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours attempted.
  • GRE scores with a preferred minimum 50th percentile ranking in both the quantitative and verbal sections.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which may be from the faculty member who will serve as major advisor.
  • Students with a native language other than English must submit evidence of English language proficiency.