You’ll have opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills to meaningful research projects, work in world-class facilities and closely interact with distinguished professors.
Biology, Natural Sciences & Mathematics
2 years | Full time
The Department of Biology offers both the Plan A (thesis) and the Plan B (non-thesis) Master of Science degrees.
Plan A requires completion of six credit hours in BIO 798 (Thesis), one credit hour in BIO 730 (Seminar), 23 hours of graduate course work approved by your advisor and advisory committee, and an oral defense of the thesis. Plan A is recommended if you wish to prepare for a research-oriented career or for doctoral study.
Plan B requires the completion of 36 credit hours of graduate-level course work approved by your advisor and advisory committee and a written and/or oral comprehensive examination over the course work. Students must submit an approved Plan B paper demonstrating either research, independent study, or internship.
• Undergraduate degree with a major in biological science with a 3.0 GPA or better in their major
and an overall 3.0 GPA
• Statement of Interest
• Official Transcripts
• Grade Point Calculation Form
• (3) Letters of recommendation (mailed directly to [email protected]) with
• Chemistry is required while mathematics and physics are highly recommended.
Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award:
The Out-of-State Tuition Merit Awards is available for graduate students who meet all three of the following requirements. Students who meet all the requirements will be eligible to receive domestic tuition.
Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on the U.S. 4.0 scale.
An appropriate entrance exam score:
Graduate Records Exam (GRE): Verbal score of at least 157 and Quantitative score of at least 152
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): Minimum score of 600
Miller Analogies Test (MAT): Minimum score of 418
Proof of English Proficiency (required only from non-native speakers of English)
TOEFL: Minimum score of 100 (ibt) or 600 (pbt)