Biological Sciences

MS-Biological Science   (MS-BSCI)

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences offers graduate research training and coursework for public school teachers who wish to improve their knowledge and skills, for students preparing to enter doctoral programs, for students who seek additional training and coursework prior to applying to professional schools, and for those who plan to seek employment with private industry or with a wide variety of state or federal agencies. The department offers graduate courses in plant/animal/human biology, environmental science, and wildlife biology.  An interview may be necessary if the department deems it necessary.

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences has launched a fully on-line Master of Science degree in biological sciences. The program is designed for biology teachers who are interested in expanding their knowledge in biology and in acquiring the necessary degree for dual credit and college level teaching.

If necessary, the department may call for a personal interview with the applicants.

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Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • Undergraduate degree in Biology or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall or 3.0 on last 60 hours.  Must have a minimum of 12 semester hours of Junior or Senior-level Biology classes with a minimum score of B (80%) or equivalent.
  • 2 letters of recommendation-Letters must be a signed letter on letterhead from a professional that can attest to the applicant's academic abilities.
  • Statement of Intent: a letter including but not limited to the following information: 

    A.  The type of degree you wish to pursue:  Thesis, Non-thesis, or Online, 

    B.  Academic and career goals, and

    C. Area of interest in biology (ie. Cellular and molecular biology, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Genomics, Cancer Biology, Microbiology, Bioremediation etc.). 

  • Applicant must submit one of the following:

    1.  Official General Test GRE scores or

    2.  Passing scores for the TExES for Life Science 8-12 #138 or Life Science 7-12 #238

Additional Admission Consideration Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
    For more information on official transcripts, please click here and read FAQ question:  What transcripts do I submit for my admission?

  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • IELTS (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university, or

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.

International student applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration:          June 1

Spring admission consideration:     October 15

Summer admission consideration:  March 15