Master’s in Biology
Beyond a Bachelor's Degree in Biology
Finding a graduate program that matches your personal interests and career ambitions is an important step in your professional development. Advanced training and evidence of academic commitment can give you an edge in today’s competitive marketplace. If your goal is to expand future career options, then a Master’s Degree in biology is the right choice for you.
Truman’s Master of Science Program
As a master’s student in biology, you will develop an original research project under the mentorship of one of Truman’s dedicated faculty members, culminating in a publication-quality thesis. Your individualized program, which includes graduate coursework, provides the academic background and professional expertise needed for the next step in your career.
Possible research areas include (but are not limited to) the following:
- cell and molecular biology
- animal organismal biology
- plant systematics and evolution
- aquatic and terrestrial ecology
A select number of Graduate Teaching/Research Assistantships (GTRA) are available; recipients receive a living stipend plus a fee waiver for up to nine credit hours per semester.
Truman offers two options (both with the same requirements):
- Our traditional two-year program is for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in biology, or related field.
- Our accelerated program is for current Truman undergraduates who have conducted significant independent research by their junior year. Accepted students begin their graduate coursework in their senior year and complete the program in just one post-graduate year plus two summer terms.
Careers After Truman
With a Master of Science degree in hand, you will be prepared for research-related jobs in a variety of fields (e.g., health-care industry, public or private research corporations, or federal agencies). You will also have the expertise to achieve the next step in your academic development in professional schools (e.g., medical school) or doctoral programs leading to careers in health-care, research, or education.
For more information about our Master of Science in Biology program, contact Chad Montgomery, Associate Professor of Biology.
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