MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGY
The Admission process begins with the Online Graduate Application, then applicants follow that up with official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, a copy of their MMR immunization record, and the documents listed below. These documents need to be sent to:
Arkansas State University
P O Box 1570
State University, AR 72467
Students seeking admission into the Master of Science degree program in Biology must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the specific program requirements.
In addition, applicants for the M.S. program in Biology will be evaluated by the department for academic qualification based upon their undergraduate academic record, score on the Graduate Record Examination, and letters of reference. Specific requirements include:
- A minimum of 18 undergraduate hours in the biological sciences and an undergraduate grade point of 2.75 or greater (on a 4.0 scale). Students judged to be deficient in some areas of undergraduate preparation may be assigned certain undergraduate prerequisite courses.
- A official GRE test score with recommended combined verbal and quantitative score of 295.
- Three letters of reference.
- A statement of educational objectives and career goals.
Applicants not meeting all of the above departmental criteria may be admitted on a conditional basis if they meet the Graduate School admission requirements. A candidate for the Master of Science degree in Biology must fulfill a research tool requirement in addition to completing the 30 hours required for the degree.
Courses required of all candidates
• BIOL 6003 in addition to courses from any three of the prefixes of BIOL, BOT, ENT, ENVR, and ZOOL, and two 6000 level courses (a single course may meet both prefix and number criteria), exclusive of Independent study, Seminar, and Thesis.
• Thesis, six hours;
• Electives in Biology or an approved related area as needed to complete 30 hours.
• Tool 3-4 hours, as approved by graduate thesis committee.