Graduate Studies: Programs of Study

The graduate programs in Biological Sciences and Microbiology offer the MS and PhD degrees.

Each student's program of study is supervised by his or her advisory committee and is tailored to the student's needs and aspirations. The master's degree (MS) requires 30 hours of credit (24 hours coursework, 6 hours thesis (BIOL or MICR 8910 research)). A non-thesis option (Biological Sciences MS program only) requires 36 hours of coursework and is recommended as continuing education for public school educators. Requirements for the doctoral (PhD) degree include 18 hours of dissertation research (BIOL or MICR 9910); there is no specific coursework required. Rather, a course of study appropriate to each student is designed by the advisory committee in consultation with the student.

See the overview of the specialization areas that are included in the programs of study in the MS and PhD degrees for Biological Sciences.