Biology, MS

Degree: Master of Science (MS)
Field of Study: Biology


Program Overview

The Department of Biology offers both thesis (Plan A) and non-thesis (Plan B) Master of Science degree programs. 

The Plan A Master of Science degree in biology is a thesis graduate degree program. The purpose of the program is to provide advanced exposure to biology for interested professionals, to provide additional training for those wishing to resume or change careers, or to provide additional preparation in biology for students interested in pursuing professional studies in the health sciences. Students are required to write and defend a Master of Science thesis.

Students may also pursue the Plan A Master of Science degree through the Entrepreneurial Biotechnology (EB) program. EB students study state-of-the-art biotechnology, practical business, and technology innovation while working on a real-world entrepreneurial project with an existing company or their own startup. The EB helps to connect students with mentors, advisors, partners, funding sources and job opportunities. EB prepares students to work in diverse research or technology-centered environments.

The Plan B Master of Science degree in biology is a non-thesis graduate degree program. The purpose of the program is to provide advanced exposure to biology for interested professionals, to provide additional training for those wishing to resume or change careers, or to provide additional preparation in biology for students interested in pursuing professional studies in the health sciences. Students are not required to write a Master of Science thesis, but the program does require passing a comprehensive oral examination. 

Graduate Policies

For graduate policies and procedures, please review the School of Graduate Studies section of the General Bulletin.