The Master's of Science program in Biology involves a combination of course work and original research. There is no comprehensive examination option. Students work closely with a faculty mentor who is their primary source for academic advisement.
|Program for the Masters of Science Degree in Biology|
|MS Degree Program in Biology Information Sheet|
General Requirements for the MS Program
Graduate Student Handbook
This handbook contains information about important policies and services for graduate students, financing your education, and tips for success in your program.
|General Graduate Student Handbook|
|Department Graduate Student Handbook|
Graduate Research Prospectus
Graduate students must prepare a prospectus that describes the proposed research on which the master's thesis will be based. The research prospectus must be approved by the student's thesis advisor, their thesis examining committee, and the departmental Graduate Affairs Committee. Students may enroll in BIOL 5940 while they are preparing the prospectus. This prospectus must be approved within two semesters of the date they receive classified graduate standing in order for a student to remain eligible for assistantships. Students normally submit their research prospectus after their second semester of graduate study. Students first enroll in BIOL 5970 and BIOL 5990 once their prospectus has been approved by the thesis committee and submitted to the Department Office by the start of the semester.
Guidelines for the Research Prospectus
The document below provides guidelines for the preparation of the graduate research prospectus.
Rubric for Prospectus Evaluation
The document below is a rubric used by members of the department Graduate Affairs Committee to evaluate a student's graduate research prospectus.
|Rubric for Prospectus Evaluation|
Common Pitfalls in the Preparation of a Prospectus
The document below describes some of the more common mistakes encountered in the evaluation of a graduate research prospectus.
|Common Pitfalls for the Research Prospectus|
Graduate students must write a master's thesis based on their research. The Department also requires a thesis seminar followed by an oral defense of their thesis. You may invite friends and family to the public seminar. The oral defense is a one to two hour closed-door session with members of your thesis committee. You should allow at least three weeks for your committee to read the final draft of your thesis prior to the defense.
Guide to Preparation of the Master's Thesis
The page below is the University's guide to the preparation of a master's thesis.
|Master's Thesis Guide|
Master's Thesis Forms
Below are the forms for establishing a thesis committee and committee approval of the Master's thesis.
|Request for Thesis Committee (GS-12)|
|Report of Oral Defense of Thesis|
Below are a few additional forms related to the graduate program that may be useful.
Request for Transfer Course Level Evaluation
This form is used if you are requesting approval to use transfer courses on your master's degree program
|Request for Transfer Course Level Evaluation (GS-1A)|
Request for Course Substitution on Graduate Program
This form is used to request a course substitution in your graduate program. Note that course substitution requests must be submitted before the student completes the courses to be substituted.
|Request for Graduate Credit for Undergraduate Work|
Graduate Student Status Change
This form is used as a change of status for a graduate student. An example of a status change would be an advancement to candidacy.
|Graduate Student Status Change (GS-8)|