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MASTER OF ARTS / MASTER OF SCIENCE

The Department of Biological Sciences offers programs leading to the graduate degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Science.

Graduate students in biological sciences may specialize in several areas, such as evolution, ecology and environment, cellular and molecular biology, genetic engineering, or biology education. Students interested in taxonomic studies can benefit from faculty affiliations with the Missouri Botanical Gardens in nearby St. Louis. 

Numerous career and advanced training opportunities are available to persons holding a master's degree in biology. These include doctoral training in biology and in the health sciences; secondary and junior college teaching; environmental assessment; and employment in educational, industrial, and governmental laboratories and agencies.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Master of Science

Thesis and non-thesis plans of study are available for fulfillment of the requirements of the Master of Science degree.  The thesis and non-thesis plans require a minimum of 32 semester hours, of which at least 21 semester hours must be in biology. There is no foreign language requirement for the Master of Science degree.

Thesis Plan

At least 9 semester hours in biology must be earned in courses numbered BIOL 415-488  or 514-590.

Required courses:  Enrollment in BIOL 595 or 596 at least twice or in combination is required and must be taken under at least two different faculty members.  Completion of BIOL 592 at least three times is required.  It may be taken a maximum of four times.

Electives:  Students may take up to 25 hours of electives.

Thesis:  Students must complete a thesis based on the student’s original research and must enroll in at least three semester hours of BIOL 599.

Non-Thesis Plan

At least 14 semester hours in biology must be earned in courses numbered BIOL 415-488 or 514-590.

Required courses:  Enrollment in BIOL 595 or 596 at least twice is required and must be taken under at least two different faculty members.  Completion of BIOL 592 at least three times is required.  It may be taken a maximum of four times.

Electives:  Students may take up to 7 hours of electives.

Research Paper:  At least 4, but no more than 8 semester hours must be taken in BIOL 591 and 593, culminating in an acceptable final research paper.

Master of Arts

A student may earn a Master of Arts degree while following the thesis plan.  The Master of Arts degree requires a minimum of 32 semester hours, of which at least 21 semester hours must be in biology.  The Master of Arts also requires a reading knowledge of a foreign language.  The foreign language requirement must be met at least three months prior to graduation by passing an examination offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

For the final examination in biological sciences for either the Master of Arts or the Master of Science degree, students meet with their advisory committee for a public oral defense of the thesis or research paper. 

If you have questions about the graduation process, including due dates for completion and defense of thesis, please click here to view the Graduate Studies and Research FAQ page.

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