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Master of Science, Biology

Master of Science, Biology

Program description

The Master of Science in Biology program in the Department of Biological Sciences is designed to qualify persons for continued graduate work at the doctoral level; for teaching biology in high schools, community colleges, and liberal arts colleges; and for employment in various fields of biology, including certain fields of applied biology. For those students considering graduate work beyond the master's level, or employment as professional biologists, the Master of Science thesis option program of study is strongly recommended, as it provide a more sophisticated research experience.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Prepare for doctoral level education
  • Teach in high schools, community colleges

Program of study

Students who plan to do graduate work in biology should have an adequate background of undergraduate courses suitable to the area of biology in which they are interested. If such a background is lacking or incomplete, the student can be asked to make up these deficiencies in addition to pursuing the normal graduate program.

Prospective students who are interested in applying to the graduate program of the Department of Biological Sciences are required to submit an ESU Graduate School application and Biology Graduate Application, both can be submitted online. If for some reason you cannot submit an electronic application, please contact Dr. William Jensen who is the Graduate Coordinator of the Department.

The Biology Graduate Application form asks for a personal background statement detailing goals and experience in biology. Applicants are also required to have three recommenders submit recommendation forms. M.S. thesis option applicants should visit or contact potential advisors prior to submitting their applications. An M.S. thesis option applicant can be admitted only if a Biology faculty member agrees to advise his/her thesis.

The department's admission committee will make a decision based upon the applicant's application materials. The applicant can be accepted unconditionally, with condition, on a probationary basis, or the applicant can be denied. International students must apply for graduate studies through the Office of International Education.

View the program requirements.pdf.

If you have further questions, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 620-341-5311.

Credit Hours Required

30 Credit Hours (Thesis) or 35 Credit Hours (Non-Thesis)


  • Botany
  • Ecology & Biodiversity
  • General Biology
  • Microbial & Cellular Biology
  • Zoology

Admissions Requirements

To learn how to apply to Emporia State University, follow this link!

If you have further questions, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 620-341-5311.