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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.).


  • Qualify for more advanced positions in applied biology
  • Prepare for doctoral level education
  • Teach at the high school (pending certification) or college levels

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.


33 Credit Hours (Thesis option)


Why ESU?

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.

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