M.S. and M.A. in Biology (concentrations in Botany, Ecology and Biodiversity, Gen. Bio., Microbial and Cell. Biology, Zoology.
For those students considering graduate work beyond the master's degree, or employment as professional biologists, the M.S. program of study is strongly recommended. This program is designed to provide students with a more sophisticated research experience. The major in biology with a thesis requires not less than 30 hours of graduate credit.
The M.A. in Biological Sciences will emphasize broad graduate training, designed to educate and train students with specific professional goals. As such, a restrictive curriculum will not be specified. Instead, individualized programs will be designed according to the needs and career objectives of the individual student, in consultation with the student and Department faculty members with expertise in the chosen area of study. The program of study must be approved by both the student’s major advisor and by the Graduate Coordinator. The M.A. program will require 35 hours of course work and an oral examination. Up to nine hours of approved graduate course work outside the department will be accepted towards the graduate course work requirements.
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 ESU Graduate Application and Biology Graduate Application, both can be submitted online. If for some reason you cannot submit an electronic application, please contact Dr. Eric Yang, 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. The applicants are also required to submit three recommendation letters. M.S. M.S. applicants are strongly encouraged to visit or contact potential advisors prior to submitting their applications. An M.S. applicant can be admitted only if a Biology faculty 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.
For International Student Admissions, please visit our International Education web site.