Feb 23, 2018
Dr. Gore Ervin, Program Director
The Department of Biology offers the Master of Science in Biology.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
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 3.00 overall (in biology coursework) undergraduate grade point average and overall GRE scores above 297 (current scale) or 1000 (former scale), with minimum scores of 150 and 141 respectively on the verbal and quantitative sections (current scale) or 450 on both the verbal and quantitative sections (former scale).
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).
All application materials are to be submitted 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.
- submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.shtml);
- submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
- submit official transcripts of previous college work;
- submit three letters of recommendation from professors or professionals that address the applicant’s potential to successfully complete an M.S. in Biology;
- 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.
The Master of Science in Biology requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours including at least 21 hours at the 6000 level.
- successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations (may be taken no more than twice) the semester before the semester of graduation;
- present and successfully defend the thesis in a public forum.
Candidate must complete 30 hours with at least 21 hours at the 6000 level in the following course of study:
Required Courses (9 hours)
Additional Major Courses (7 hours)
Remaining Courses (14 hours)
- Additional courses to meet the 30-hour requirement may include approved graduate courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, or other related disciplines.
- A minor is optional, but if elected, must include a minimum of 12 semester hours (these 12 hours may be included in the 30 total required hours).
- Complete 6 semester hours of approved research tools or two semesters (6 hours) of a foreign language in addition to the 30 hours.
- Complete and submit a Research and Thesis Approval Form and a copy of the research proposal to the graduate coordinator before the end of the second semester of study.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of 21 credit hours;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.