Master's Degree in Biology

Program Delivery Options:
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Program Type

Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Science (MS)

Program Length

32 Credit Hours
38 Credit Hours with a Minor


The Department of Biological Sciences offers two master's degrees:

Master of Arts in Biology 
The MA is well suited for many training objectives but is more often recommended for secondary teachers who wish to increase their competency in biology and in another field. Students opting to include a minor will complete 26 graduate hours in biology and 12 graduate credit hours in a minor field that logically supports the major. This degree is not recommended for students who plan to pursue doctoral studies.

Master of Science in Biology
The MS allows for a specialization in one of several areas of biology and is designed for students planning to pursue careers in research, at the collegiate level, or in environmental biology with governmental agencies and industry. This degree is also appropriate for students planning to continue their training in a PhD program at other institutions or professional schools. The MS is a research-oriented degree and requires the completion of a thesis.


Enrollment Semester

Fall, Spring


Program Offered

Face-to-Face (Daytime and Evenings)


Tuition and Cost

Rates per semester

Additional Program Information

Department Website

Catalog Information - Biology, MA

Catalog Information - Biology, MS

Application Requirements

  1. Graduate Admissions Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. For regular admission, an undergraduate degree in biology or a related field is required
  5. Two recommendation letters from faculty in the applicant's undergraduate major at the degree-granting institution
  6. Statement of Purpose
  7. Official GRE scores

Academic Advisor

Dr. Sibyl Bucheli
(936) 294-1550

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