Master of Science, Biology

The Department of Biology emphasizes several broad areas of Biology including Cell and Molecular Biology, Conservation Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Evolution, Medical Entomology, and Physiology. The active research programs of the Biology faculty offer Master of Science students the opportunity to learn while making contributions to research projects of regional, national and international significance. Our graduates are employed by federal and state agencies like the CDC, USDA, EPA or DNR, and others work in industry, doing biomedical testing, developing biomedical products, or consulting on ecological/environmental issues. Many develop careers at universities and colleges, while others teach in public or private secondary schools.

General Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Biology program requires 30 hours of course work. Required course work includes Biometry (BIOL 7530) & Research Methods (BIOL 7531). Students have the option of taking one or more of the following specialty courses: Evolutionary Ecology (BIOL 7333), Molecular Biology (BIOL 7133), or Applied Biology (BIOL 7233). Other requirements include 2 hours of graduate seminar (BIOL 7610), 3 hours of research (BIOL 7895), and 3 hours of thesis (BIOL 7999). At least 15 hours must be at the 7000 level. Each candidate for the Master of Science degree in Biology must complete a thesis on a subject approved by his/her thesis committee. This thesis must be defended before a graduate committee and presented at a public exit seminar. The thesis defense is a comprehensive examination that may include questions on the thesis, subject matter related to the thesis, and coursework taken at Georgia Southern University.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Checo Colon-Gaud
Graduate Program Director and Coordinator

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Regular Admission Requirements

1. Completed requirements for the bachelors degree in a college accredited be the proper regional accrediting associations.

2. A 2.80 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work.

3. Scores of at least 153 pn the verbal and 146 on the quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are typical for applicants to the Master’s Program in Biology. For applicants who took the GRE General test prior to August 2011 scores of at least 500 on the verbal and 550 on the quantitative portions are typical. Lower scores will sometimes be considered, but the applicant will need strong evidence of ability to perform satisfactory graduate work.

4. An undergraduate major or the equivalent appropriate to the proposed field of study. Adequately prepared applicants will typically have completed 24 hours of biology, 9 hours of mathematics, 16 hours of chemistry (including organic chemistry), and 8 hours of physics (or geological science).

5. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant;s potential to complete successful graduate work.

6. A statement of career goals to explain why you are interested in pursuing the degree and to explain you long term career plans.

7. Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify a thesis advisor and submit the name to the graduate program director prior to the application deadline.

8. GRE subject test in Biology is not required, but is preferred.


Students who fail to meet one of the requirements 2-4 above may be admitted provisionally. To be converted to a regular status, provisional students must earn a “B” or higher in their first 6 hours of Biology graduate courses, approved by the Biology Program Director, with are least 3 hours at the 7000-level. BIOL 7890 (Directed Individual Study) or BIOL 7893 (Biological Problems) cannot be taken for these 6 hours. Students on the provisional status may not hold a graduate assistantship.


Biology, M.S. Admissions Deadlines
Fall Spring Summer
Priority Deadline March 1 October 1
Final Deadline April 1 November 15

Last updated: 2/25/2016

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