Earn a master of science degree in biology, with a thesis or non-thesis option.

Master of Science in Biology

The master of science is the highest degree awarded by the Department of Biology. It reflects the range and depth of biology sub-disciplines and broadens students’ expertise. The thesis option is primarily on campus and in the field and includes an original thesis based on research under the mentorship of a thesis faculty member. The non-thesis option does note include original research but does incorporate a capstone course. The non-thesis option has several options for online course delivery.

Graduate research culminates in an original thesis or completion of an exhaustive work of a scholarly nature. Students must consult with their graduate academic advisor in biology before developing their program.

For more information about the courses in this program, check out the course catalog.

Biology MS Curriculum

We have two degree pathway options:  fully-online MS in Biology (36 credits) and/or thesis based MS in Biology (30 credits – residential/hybrid program).

For complete current program requirements, please go to the current catalog; select Graduate Programs located on the right side.

Admission Requirements

  • Rolling admission, so apply at any time.
  • If you are hoping to do the thesis based program and pursing a potential GA, apply by February 1 for Fall admission.

Application Materials

  • Graduate Application for Admission
  • $20 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts of bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Overall undergraduate GPA: 2.75* 
  • One-page letter of intent stating research interests and future career goals
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a previous employer/professor
  • International students must also provide Proof of English Proficiency
  • For additional program questions, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Richard Koch

*Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 or who are within 11 semester hours of satisfying undergraduate degree requirements may qualify for provisional admission. Contact the School of Graduate Studies for more information.

Tuition & Aid

We offer in-state/reciprocity tuition rates to all of our graduate students. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information on options for funding your education.

Some students may qualify for a graduate assistantship, which includes a tuition waiver and stipend. GAs, in return, are expected to complete certain teaching and/or research assignments for the department.