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Biology, Master of Science (M.S.)

Degree requirements

Master of Science degree candidates are required to take a minimum of 30 semester credits, which shall include the following specifications:

All graduate students are required to write a thesis proposal and a formal thesis following a prescribed format. The thesis proposal must be approved by the student’s graduate committee and the chair of the department to initiate thesis research. At the earliest possible opportunity, students must take STAT 543 or an equivalent statistics course approved by the student’s graduate committee. Students entering the program with a statistics background equivalent to STAT 543 may petition the Biology Department Graduate Academic Committee to have this requirement waived.

A maximum of six semester hour credits from graduate work taken at other institutions may be transferred if they meet approval of the department.

Receipt of a grade of C or lower in two courses constitutes automatic dismissal from the graduate program in biology. Courses with a grade of C or lower cannot be applied to satisfying the degree requirements.

Each student will be required to pass a final examination, which will be primarily a defense of the thesis.

Continuous enrollment in the graduate program is required. Interruption in continuous enrollment for any reason without a leave of absence approved by the director of the graduate program in biology will require that students reapply to the Department of Biology Graduate Academic Committee.


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