Master’s in Biology: Traditional Track

Master of Science in Biology
Traditional Track

The program is structured so that a student may concentrate effort in a selected area of biology.  These include: 1) cell and molecular biology, 2) structural biology, 3) physiology, 4) genetics, and 5) ecology and evolutionary biology.  Students complete a required common core of courses totaling 14 semester hours (including thesis) plus 22 semester hours of electives.  Each graduate student also conducts an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty advisor and graduate committee.  Advisors include faculty from the biology department as well as faculty from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The committee is composed of a minimum of three members of the graduate faculty, one of whom must be from outside the biology area.

Admission Requirements for Students into the Master of Science Program in Biology (Traditional Track)

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or chemistry    
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (in exceptional cases this may be waived).    
  • Scores on the General Graduate Record Examination at or above the 50th percentile.  (Scores on the GRE Biology exam are optional, but recommended.)    
  • Three letters of recommendation.    
  • Personal statement of interests in biology and career goals.

Graduation Requirements

  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA on a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework including both core requirements and electives.    
  • An acceptable thesis based on independent scientific research and approved by a faculty advisor, graduate committee, and the Science Dean.    
  • Satisfactory completion of an oral defense of thesis, including an advertised seminar.    
  • Satisfactory completion of other University Graduate Program requirements.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Chad Montgomery,, 660-785-4587