Within the master of science in biology program, opportunity is provided for concentrated study and research in a variety of fields especially cell and molecular biology and ecology. Students who complete this master’s program have a number of opportunities. Some enter various positions of authority in business, at research institutions, in environmental management, or education. Others continue their education by going on to earn a Ph.D. or graduating from a professional school in such areas as medicine or other health-related fields.

Admission Requirements

  • A transcript showing the completion of an undergraduate degree in the sciences, preferably in biology
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of personal, professional, and academic goals
  • GRE scores
  • Optional: resume detailing work or research experience

Application Deadlines:
Fall Priority Deadline: March 1st
Spring Priority Deadline: November 1st

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Degree Requirements

30 total credits plus a comprehensive examination

Plan A: The Thesis Requirement
Six credits are awarded under Plan A for an original thesis based on investigation and completion of a research project. Students are encouraged, though not required, to report on their research at meetings of professional biologists and to publish results in a research journal.

Plan B: The Essay Requirement
Plan B requires the completion of an essay focused on a current biology research interest. Students will have the opportunity to develop a concentration of 12 or more credits in cell biology, ecology, neuroscience, or plant and cell physiology.