M.S. in Biology Non-Thesis

If you want to focus on obtaining the necessary knowledge and skills in your chosen subdiscipline, the non-thesis MS program is for you.

Our M.S. 2-year program provides graduate students with an advanced learning experience tailored to their interests. The non-thesis option does not require a research thesis and is an important stepping stone to a career in both cellular molecular and ecological sciences.  This opportunity allows students to focus on coursework, equipping them with valuable knowledge and skills in their chosen subdiscipline.  

Broad Skill Development & Flexible Scheduling

The non-thesis program curriculum emphasizes coursework and provides a more comprehensive education in various subfields of biology, enhancing students' overall knowledge and skills. This program will offer more flexibility in course selection, making it easier for students to tailor their curriculum to their specific interests or career goals. 

Career Diversity

Our non-thesis program prepares students for a wide range of careers in biology, including positions in industry, government, education, and healthcare. This program allows students to change their career focus or specialization as they are not committed to a specific research topic. 

M.S. Non-Thesis Program Admission

Applicants must meet all requirements listed by the School of Graduate Studies and College of Humanities and Sciences, in addition to those listed below from the Department of Biology.

To apply you must have the following:

  • A bachelor's degree in biological or an equivalent related science
  • An appropriate college-level background in mathematics, chemistry and physics
  • Three letters of recommendation pertaining to your potential ability as a graduate student in biology
  • A "Statement of Purpose" essay (see specific guidelines here)

Admission to the M.S. in Biology program is based on undergraduate performance and letters of recommendation. Applicants typically have a 3.0 GPA or greater on undergraduate work.