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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Biological Sciences

Degree Programs

Master of Science (MS)

The MS degree in Biological Sciences is a 2 year program that involves a combination of course work and original research. A major strength of the program is the emphasis on research beginning in the first year. Nearly all students publish their work in a scientific journal. A student who completes the degree is in a strong position to pursue a range of postgraduate opportunities, including a career in a biotech, academic or government lab or agency, or continued studies in a professional or PhD program.

In consultation with the adviser and Thesis Committee, the student develops a plan for independent research that culminates with a written thesis, public seminar and oral thesis defense.

For details on MS program requirements, please consult the Graduate Bulletin.

How to apply

General Expectations

Graduate students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and make adequate progress on research as assessed by the major adviser and Thesis Committee. All graduate students are required to attend departmental seminars. In addition, students who are supported by a GTA position are expected to fulfill all obligations required of the GTA appointment.