Master of Science in Biology

Program Director:

Dr. Vince Cobb
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Graduate Analyst: Anita Hermes

In 1966, the Biology Department inaugurated a Master of Science degree emphasizing research and preparation for further graduate study as well as employment with public agencies and private business. Consistent with the original intent, recent Master of Science graduates have followed a variety of career paths, including: pursuit of advanced research degrees (PhD), professional degrees (MD, DDS, MT), employment with a variety of private, university, state or federal laboratories and agencies, and teaching in high schools and junior colleges.

The Master of Science in Biology requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit and six hours of research tools. In addition to formal course work, the degree also includes written an oral comprehensive examinations, a research thesis, and public defense of the thesis. Program completion typically requires two years. A major strength of the program is the overall curriculum can be custom-tailored to meet the needs and objective of each individual student. Students may pursue a general biology curriculum or may choose to focus their studies in one or more of the following "specialization" area: Botany, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology, or Zoology.

The Biology Department also offers the Biotechnology concentration of the Master of Sciences in Professional Science. The Master of Science in Professional Science is an interdisciplinary degree that combines the business management skills commonly found in the traditional MBA type program with advance learning in specific science fields.

A graduate minor in Biology is offered.

Application Procedures:

To be admitted to the Master of Science in Biology program, a student must submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies:

Applications for admission are accepted year-round; preference for admission will be given to students adhering to the following deadlines:

  • Summer/Fall enrollment: March 1
  • Spring enrollment, October 1.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); 
  3. submit official transcripts of previous college work;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation from professors or professionals that address the applicant’s potential to successfully complete an M.S. in Biology;
  5. submit a personal statement. The personal statement should outline the student’s interest in graduate study and indicate a potential area of research interest and thesis advisor.

Admission Requirements

Required application materials include official transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

Students receiving unconditional admission typically will have a 3.40 overall (and in biology coursework) undergraduate grade point average and overall GRE scores above the fiftieth percentile.

All students in the graduate program must have an undergraduate minor (19 hours) in biology or its equivalent and 12 hours of chemistry (including one semester of organic chemistry or biochemistry).



Submit Application Materials to:

College of Graduate Studies
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Test Codes for Middle Tennessee State University:
INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52
GRE 1466
MAT 1751
Praxis 1466
TOEFL 1466