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Molecular Biosciences

Master of Science (M.S.)


College: College of Science and Mathematics | Graduate School

Department: Biological Sciences

Description/Overview

The Molecular Biosciences degree programs encompasses the areas of biotechnology, cell biology, computational biology, immunology, food safety, neurobiology, regulation of gene expression, signal transduction and cellular metabolism, and structural biology. 

The program emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches, state-of-the-art technologies and innovation that allow students the opportunities to engage in research in genomic, proteomic, cellular, and organ-based systems for the purpose of translating this knowledge into applications benefitting society in fields ranging from agriculture to medicine, from forensics to environmental sciences, from food sciences to renewable energy. 

To begin the application process, please submit an online application to A-State Graduate School.

  • Application Process

    Applications are accepted till February 15th for fall admissions and till July15th for spring admissions. 

    Students seeking admission into the Master of Science program must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the specific program requirements (See Graduate Bulletin for details):

    • Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Copy of MMR immunization (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella)
    • Official GRE Test Score
    • Statement of Purpose  (Outline why you are interested in this program & would be a good fit for it.)
    • Three Letters of Reference

    Submit all documents above to:

    A-State Graduate School Admissions

    Attention:  Vickey Ring

    P O Box 1570

    State University, AR 72467

    (870) 972-2737

    gradadmissions@astate.edu

  • Molecular Biosciences Fact Sheet

    Description/Overview

    The Molecular Biosciences degree programs encompasses the areas of biotechnology, cell biology, computational biology, immunology, food safety, neurobiology, regulation of gene expression, signal transduction and cellular metabolism, and structural biology. 

    The program emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches, state-of-the-art technologies and innovation that allow students the opportunities to engage in research in genomic, proteomic, cellular, and organ-based systems for the purpose of translating this knowledge into applications benefitting society in fields ranging from agriculture to medicine, from forensics to environmental sciences, from food sciences to renewable energy. 

    Admission Requirements

    General

    To be admitted to the program you must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science in a basic or applied science, although preference may be given to Master of Science level applicants, especially for Ph.D.  In addition, the following requirements should be met.

    1. Graduate School Application and Fee
    2. Official transcripts from each college or university as attended
    3. A  minimum 3.00 GPA on any previous graduate courses completed at either Arkansas State University or another accredited university
    4. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale

    Program Specific

    1.  A completed online application for admission to the A-State Graduate School (or to the Office
       of International Programs for international students)
    2. One copy of official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work attempted, to be sent directly from the institution(s) previously attended
    3. Three letters of recommendation
    4.  A personal statement (maximum of two pages) describing the student’s academic and research goals
    5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the Verbal, Analytical and Quantitative tests. Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative scores must be 1000 (old scoring system), tests using the new scoring system, minimum of 150 on both the verbal & quantitative required.

    Research Facilities

    Graduate study in Molecular Biosciences is facilitated by well-equipped individual faculty research laboratories, field stations, and teaching laboratories.

    In addition, the state-of-the-art research facilities including a green house, growth chambers, cell culture facility, advanced imaging suites and a well maintained animal facility present at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute in the A-State campus are readily available to the graduate students.  Since faculty participate in the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program engage in advanced research as well as entrepreneurial initiatives including spin-off companies, joint ventures, and other business relationships to facilitate technology transfer, graduate students mentored by them are exposed to entrepreneurship.

    Financial Assistance
    Graduate Assistantships
    Graduate students have the opportunity to apply for competitive graduate assistantships. These assistantships provide students the opportunity to acquire essential experience in research, teaching and career development while pursuing their degrees. Assistantships are awarded by the MBS program. To qualify for the assistantships, students must be enrolled in minimum required hours (6 hours in Fall and Spring semesters, and 3 hours in Summer terms for M.S. and 9 hours in Fall and Spring semesters, and 6 hours in Summer terms for Ph.D.)

    Tuition Fellowships

    Tuition waivers are available for eligible Ph.D. students. With a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, residents of any U.S. state or territory qualify for in-state rate of tuition. International Students pay a reduced tuition rate that is twice the in-state amount plus a fixed international student fee.  

    FAFSA
    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be completed annually by prospective and current college students (undergraduate and graduate) to determine eligibility for financial aid.  The priority deadline for completing the FAFSA is February 15. The form can be completed and submitted online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For additional sources of financial aid, contact the office of Financial Aid & Scholarships by email at finaid@astate.edu, by phone at 870-972-2310, or at http://www.astate.edu/finaid/

    Deadline
    Applications are accepted till February 15th for fall admissions and till July15th for spring admissions.