Admission Requirements

  • Comply with the regular admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, which includes an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0, and
  • have either:
    a) a bachelor's degree in the natural sciences, mathematics or computer science, or
    b) a minimum of 24 credit hours in undergraduate natural science courses, or equivalents, with a minimum GPA in these courses of 3.0. Students are expected to have sufficient training at the undergraduate or post‐baccalaureate level, which could include employment‐related experience, to successfully undertake the thesis project and the program. Transcripts of applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis with input from the faculty advisor.

Applicants are also expected to have a background in a breadth of sciences, with a total of 16 credits of coursework from at least two natural science, mathematics, or computer science disciplines that are not the area of their primary undergraduate training. Other courses may be accepted with the approval of the program advisory board.

Applicants and/or their potential advisors may request special consideration for admission of students with backgrounds that do not meet these expectations. Written requests should be directed to the Program Advisory Board. In some circumstances, the program may conditionally admit students with academic backgrounds that do not meet the requirements described above. 

All Applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and fee.  (Applications closed for Fall 2024; Winter 2025 apps due by December 2)
  2. Official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions.
  3. An essay indicating their background, career goals and research interests.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.

Applicants must have a thesis adviser prior to admission. The thesis adviser may be from any of the participating departments.  At least one thesis committee member must be from the Biology Department. All theses in the Integrated Biosciences program must
meet the thesis requirements of the Biology Department. Applicants are strongly encouraged to communicate with the thesis adviser early in the application process. To identify the adviser, students should contact a faculty member and establish the willingness of that person to serve as the adviser, as indicated by a memorandum from the faculty member to the program advisory board. This memorandum should also indicate the general area of research to be conducted by the student and provide a rationale for the fit of this research area with the mission of the MS Integrated Biosciences program.

Application Due Dates

Fall Semester Program Start - Applications will be reviewed from March 1 through May 1. Applicants interested in being considered for a fall‐awarded teaching assistantship must have all materials submitted by March 1.  (Applications closed for Fall 2024)

Winter Semester Program Start - Applications will be reviewed from September 15 through December 1. Applicants interested in being considered for a winter‐awarded teaching assistantship must have all materials submitted by October 1.

Applications must be complete to be considered for admission. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the department and only under extreme circumstances.

Affiliated Departments

The following academic departments are affiliated with the MS in Integrated Biosciences program. Students may select elective graduate courses from these departments, and faculty from these departments with Level Three Graduate Faculty Status may chair thesis committees.

Clinical Sciences
Earth, Environmental, and Geographical Sciences (GC)
Health and Human Performance (ES and RE courses only)
Library and Instructional Support
Mathematics and Computer Science
Psychology (PSY courses only)

MS in Integrated Biosciences Curriculum

For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the Biology department page.

Total Credits Required 32
A maximum of 16 credits of unspecified content (Research, Directed or Independent Study, and Thesis)
can be used towards the MS degree.
Required Courses4 - 18
BI 500 Planning and Proposing Scientific Research2
BI 589 Research in Biology (1-12) or other equivalent1 - 12
BI 599A Thesis in Biology (1-4)1 - 4
Students may choose the remainder of their coursework from graduate courses in affiliated departments (listed above), with the requirement that 3-4 credits be completed in BI, 7-8 credits in a second prefix, and 2-4 credits in a third prefix. 

Graduation Requirements

Graduates must meet the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin in addition to the following:

  • Complete the minimum number of credits for the degree 
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Successfully complete their capstone thesis