The Master of Science in biology degree provides an introduction to research and can serve as the starting point for a number of career paths in teaching, research, government, and industry. We are home to one of the largest biology graduate programs on the Gulf Coast, and we work closely with our students to create a learning experience that fits your passions and ambitions.
Much of the research effort in the Department of Biology is encompassed by the general areas of Marine Biology, Ecology and Evolution, and Cell and Molecular Biology.
Research is central to the master's degree in biology, and there are opportunities to conduct research related to our location on the Louisiana coastline, or work with our professors on research across the globe.
Visit the master's in biology website for more information.
For the master's in biology program, there is both a thesis and non-thesis track.
The thesis track has an emphasis on research and is designed for students who may wish to eventually pursue a doctorate or a career in research. The non-thesis track emphasizes course work and may be more appropriate for students viewing the master's as a terminal degree.
The thesis track for biology master's students requires 30 credit hours of coursework, six of which are devoted to your thesis. If you're earning your master's degree in biology with the intention of pursuing career in research or academia, this is the track you should choose.
The non-thesis track for the MS in biology requires 36 hours of coursework. If you're aiming for a career that isn't research-intensive or you want to continue your education at a professional school, choose the non-thesis track.
Additional Application Materials
In addition to the general Graduate School Application Materials, you must also submit:
- Graduate Assistant Application
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Thesis track applicants should identify an Advisor
- Fall: February 1
- Spring: October 1
If you're interested in our biology master's programs and want more information on the program, contact our graduate coordinators.
Dr. Scott France, Graduate Admissions Chair (Applications)
Billeaud Hall, 213
Dr. Brad Moon, Graduate Coordinator (Post-Admissions)
Wharton Hall, 509