Master of Science, Biology
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Master of Science, Biology - Thesis Option
The Master of Science in Biology Thesis option is designed to provide a more sophisticated research experience for students pursuing a career in research-driven biological fields or for continued graduate study at the doctoral level. The thesis project entails original research done in collaboration with the student’s academic advisor. This program requires enrollment in the department’s Research Design and Analysis and Scientific Writing Courses and passing the department’s English Proficiency Examination. Otherwise, students may tailor their courses toward particular professional concentrations (e.g., botany, ecology, microbial and cellular biology, zoology, etc.).
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THIS DEGREE?
- Qualify for more advanced positions in applied biology
- Prepare for doctoral level education
- Teach at the high school (pending certification) or college levels
This subject area consists of our core biology courses to provide background in all areas of biology and specific upper-level classes in plant taxonomy, plant physiology and plant ecology.
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- Ecology and Biodiversity
This subject area is appropriate for students seeking a specialized program of study in ecology and organismal biology.
- Microbial and Cellular Biology
This subject area is appropriate for students seeking a specialized program of study in microbiology and/or cellular biology.
This subject area is appropriate for students seeking a specialized program of study in zoology, emphasizing laboratory work that includes courses in physiology and organic chemistry.
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Applying for this degree
- More information on applying
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 may be asked to make up these deficiencies.
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 of which should be submitted online.
The Biology Graduate Application form asks for a personal background statement detailing your 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 application. An M.S. Thesis option applicant can be admitted only if a Biology faculty member agrees to advise the applicant’s thesis.
The department's Graduate Committee will make an admission decision based upon the 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.
For additional details see our Guidelines for Graduate Study.pdf in Biology.
If you have further questions, contact the Biology Graduate Program Coordinator or the Department of Biological Sciences at 620-341-5311.
CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED
33 Credit Hours (Thesis option)
- Required application materials
Upon filling out the application, one has the choice to choose a concentration to supplement their Master's Degree. If one does not desire to choose a concentration, then leave that section blank on the application.
Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
Three reference forms
Copy of government-issued ID
Submitting Application Materials
The following items must be provided/completed at the time of application submission through the Application Portal:
*Unofficial bachelor's degree transcript
*Copy of government-issued ID
*Departmental application located within Graduate School application
*Three references or the names and emails of three recommenders
Students must submit official bachelor’s degree transcripts containing at least 60 credit hours of coursework and final grades. Any additional transcripts from college credit accumulated after the bachelor’s degree MUST be submitted if you will be using these credits for transfer credit or for last 60 GPA. Transcripts are considered official when they arrive in the Graduate Office in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or are received through a secure electronic transcript service to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the transcripts need to be mailed, send to:
Emporia State University
Campus Box 4003
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801-5415
Our professors don’t want you to be a passive learner in the biology program, but an active participant in study and research in your field of interest. With smaller class sizes in your major, you’ll have the opportunity to do original research of your own choosing or work with professors on ongoing projects.