Biology Masters Program
The Department of Biological Sciences offers a thesis program (Program A) and a non-thesis program (Program B), both of which may lead to the Master of Science degree.
The objectives of the program are:
- To provide advanced training in biology for individuals who wish to pursue careers in industry, government, and education.
- To provide advanced training in biology for individuals who wish to pursue studies at the doctoral level.
- To provide advanced training in biology for individuals who wish to strengthen their background in the life sciences.
Note: A limited number of Teaching and Research Assistantships (TAs) are available for qualified full-time students in the program.
- Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
- Have a minimum cumulative 2.7 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
- Submit three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty advisor.
- Submit a brief description of career plans.
- Have a combined GRE score (General Test) of 800 or higher.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
- Complete Graduation Application
- Complete course of study (located under the "Documents and Forms" menu)
- Program A (thesis). Completion of a program of 24 hours of course work (16 hours in biology must be at or above the 500 level), plus an additional 6 hours of thesis research (i.e., 30 hours tota of course work plus research), and a successful defense of thesis..
- Program B (non-thesis). Completion of a program of 30 hours of course work (24 hours in biology must be at or above the 500 level), plus an additional 6 hours of research (i.e., 36 hours total of course work plus research), and a written research project report.
- A composite passing score on the departmental Comprehensive Examination.
Please note that in order to graduate:
- The student has NO MORE THAN two (2) grades below “B” on the official transcript.
- The student DOES NOT have a grade of “D” or “F” in any coursework completed that may be used to satisfy degree requirements and has a minimum of 3.0 grade point average on all graduate course work.
Among other requirements, the following forms must be completed in advance of graduation:
- Request for Comprehensive Examination (note that both thesis and non-thesis students need to take and pass the Comprehensive exam in order to graduate from the program).
- Registration of Thesis or Research Project (for non-thesis).