With programs leading to a research Master of Science (MS) and a non-thesis Master of Arts (MA), graduate studies in the Department of Biological Sciences provide students the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue successful careers in the life sciences. Offering a competitive breadth of knowledge while remaining sensitive to the needs of individual students, the department delivers a diverse academic experience that includes extensive faculty-student interactions and freedom to undertake interdisciplinary studies. Students will find themselves surrounded by a variety of opportunities that enrich their studies such as weekly seminars, research symposia and individual and team research options.
The graduate program in biological sciences has two tracks: biochemical, cell and molecular biology (BCMB) or ecology, evolution and behavior (EEB). These tracks can be combined or pursued concurrently with other academic interests. Students are encouraged to explore faculty profile and research areas before applying and to read the department FAQ for more information about the program:
Students studying the BCMB track are trained in fundamental research approaches and techniques and are exposed to a diverse range of research topics. Research programs are problem-oriented, rather than driven by a single, specialized laboratory technology. Students may work in two or three laboratories simultaneously to pursue a research question. Many students conduct research on-site at biotechnology companies across the nation on a contract basis.
Students studying EEB receive a well-rounded and vibrant academic experience without the dangers of overspecialization. Students often begin conducting research during their first year of study. In addition to opportunities for cross-departmental research, students can also take advantage of the University’s unique interdisciplinary Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) program and take courses on evolutionary studies or even earn a certificate in conjunction with their master’s or doctoral degree.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university which you attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores
And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores
◾Biological sciences minimum TOEFL score: 100 on the iBT
◾Biological sciences minimum IELTS score: 7.0
◾Biological sciences minimum PTE Academic score: 68