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The Master of Science in Biology requires completion of at least 30 semester hours of graduate level course work and research hours. Generally, students take 15 hours of formal courses and 15 hours of research and thesis. During the first semester students rotate through three faculty labs and by the beginning of the second semester select a thesis advisor. Some incoming students may have already made arrangements to complete their thesis research with a particular faculty member prior to beginning the program. Students complete a research project and write a thesis.

Students entering the MS program are not required to take particular courses. Rather, course selection will initially be made in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies or thesis advisor and will depend on the student’s interests and educational background. In some cases, students may have to take a lower-level course for non-graduate credit to complete a deficiency. The core courses for the PhD in Environmental Health Science are open to the MS students. The MS in Biology requires 30 semester hours. At least 15 hours must be in 600 level courses (including 6 hours of Bio 699). Students are required to take 6 hours of Bio 699 (Thesis). Students may also apply up to 9 credit hours of Bio 695 (Biological Research) to the MS degree.

Research and Thesis

The MS in biology requires completion of a research project. Students conduct research under the guidance of their faculty advisor and write a master’s thesis based on their research. Students enrolled in the MS program have the opportunity to work with a research faculty advisor from among 23 full-time faculty. Students receive credit for research and thesis by taking two courses:

  • BIO 695 Thesis Research
  • BIO 699 Thesis

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MS in Biology.

Full Time (30 semester hours)

Tuition fees

$21,846.00 (16,01,299) per year


13 Jan


College of Arts and Sciences

105 Foust Building,


North Carolina,

27402, United States

Entry requirement for international students

An applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the Sciences and show training in the fundamentals of biology, including successful completion of courses equivalent to our undergraduate core curriculum.

English Language Proficiency: TOEFL: internet based - 79, or paper based - 550. A score of at least 6.5 is required on the IELTS.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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