The non-thesis track of the Master of Science in biology is ideal for two types of students:
- Those seeking to enhance their academic record in preparation for future application to medical school or another professional healthcare graduate program such as veterinary school or physician assistant programs, or
- Those seeking to advance their careers in a scientific profession where a doctorate is not required.
Students who intend to go on for a doctorate in biology or who intend to seek another research-based doctorate program in the future should instead apply for the thesis-track MS program.
The non-thesis MS program – unlike our other graduate programs – can be started either in the Fall or the Spring semester. The deadline to apply for Fall admissions is May 1, and the deadline to apply for Spring admission is October 1. Applicants will need to submit test scores from either the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test), or the DAT (Dental Admission Test).
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in biology or related field with extensive coursework in this area.
To apply, please see our How to Apply section.
Program Outline and Timeline:
The non-thesis MS consists of 30 graduate credits, 20 of which will be in Biological Sciences. Specific course selection will be made in consultation with an advisor who will help students choose classes that best fit his/her professional goals. At least one laboratory and two seminar courses (with presentation) must be included in the course selection.
The normal course load for a full-time graduate student is 9 credits; the typical full-time student will complete the program in 3 to 4 semesters.
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