Biological Sciences Graduate Programs


Program Description

The Biological Sciences graduate program aspires to train experimental scientists capable of teaching and directing independent research by providing a broad theoretical background and an appreciation for the rigor of the scientific method. This program provides excellent training in modern biology suitable for jobs in academia, industry, and government.

The goal of this programs is provide students with research experiences using all areas of modern biological techniques to study molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, systems and organism functioning. The biological sciences area has several concentrations including: cell and developmental biology, biochemistry and genetics, microbiology, ecology and physiology. 

Applicants are expected to have completed a bachelor's degree in biology or a related field. As a general rule, strong preference will be given to applicants to the doctoral program. Only in exceptional circumstances will students be admitted to the master's program. A master's degree is not a prerequisite for admittance to the doctoral program.

Visit the Biological Sciences department web page for more detailed program information.

Biological Science Master's and Ph.D. Programs Offered

Master of Science

Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neurophysiology, Physiology

Required coursework can be found on the Graduate Bulletin

Doctor of Philosophy

Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neurophysiology, Physiology

Required course work can be found on the Graduate Bulletin



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Application Deadline

Although no official deadline exists for the master's or the doctoral programs, completed applications should be received by December 15 for full consideration. Applications for admission received after this date will be considered as space permits.

Application Requirements

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1 Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

The Department of Biological Sciences is committed to the full 12-month support of each graduate student in good academic standing, including an 18-credit tuition scholarship and stipend. Doctoral  students are supported by teaching assistantships or by federal grant-supported research assistantships. Additional fellowships provided by the university or by private foundations are awarded on a competitive basis to doctoral candidates that qualify. A select number of domestic doctoral students will be supported by GAANN Fellowships.

Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.

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Graduate Program Recruiter

Tim Carter

(414) 288-7139