What will I learn?

The Master of Science Program in the Department of Biological Sciences is a research-based Master’s degree. It is distinct from our course-based Master of Arts degree. Through in-depth research experience with a faculty mentor, preparation of an independent thesis or publications and broad coursework, students gain experiences that prepare them for careers involving field and laboratory research in biological sciences.


The M.S. program offers students options to prepare for various career goals, such as:

You want a graduate research experience with one of our dedicated faculty mentors
You want more experience developing hypotheses and thinking about experimental design
You want to conduct laboratory or field studies and gain experience analyzing and interpreting data
You want to improve your scientific writing skills and prepare your work for peer-review and/or thesis publication
You want experience presenting your work at professional conferences in your field
You want to improve your grantsmanship skills
You are interested in getting teaching experience with undergraduate students
You want more upper-level course experience focused in a particular area
You want to boost your resume for job or PhD program or professional school applications
Pending approval from your faculty mentor, you are currently a full-time employee, and an M.S. degree will open up promotion possibilities at your job

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (33 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$13,244.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

Western Michigan University,

1903 W Michigan Ave,



49008, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

You graduated with your B.S. degree in Biological Sciences or a closely related field, or intend to graduate prior to the start of your graduate work (i.e. you can apply in your last spring of your B.S. degree to begin the M.S. program the following summer or fall)
You have not already earned an M.S. degree
You earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 during your B.S. degree

For international students, you must include IELTS (minimum score of 6.5) or TOEFL (minimum scores of 80 (paper) or 550 (internet)

Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 54

Michigan English Test (MET): 57

Application deadlines: February 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.