Biology MS

Interested in pursuing an MS in Biology? Here’s what you need to know:


The 30-credit program can typically be completed within one to three years. At least 50% of your course credits must be at the 6000 level, not including thesis or research paper credits. You will have the option of completing either a thesis or graduate research paper for your final project.

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

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines
  • Fall semester and Summer Session applicants should submit their application and additional materials by April 1 for consideration.
  • Spring semester applicants should submit their application and additional materials by November 1 for consideration.
Application Requirements
  • Graduate Application for Admission — Apply Here!
  • $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
  • A copy of current teaching license (if applicable)
  • Graduate Record Examination, General Test scores (Please contact the Biology Graduate Coordinator for more information); to register, go to: GRE/ETS
  • 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. Holly LaFerriere.

*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.

Graduate Assistantships

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.