* * Spring health insurance amount includes summer.
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.
Incoming international graduate students must meet one of the criteria’s set forth in the below chart.
Completion of A-State's ESL Program: 90% or Above
Completion of CEA accredited language program: Completion certificate for completing all levels
Completion of HOFT Institute ESL Program: Completion certificate of the program
TOEFL-Paper Based*: 550
TOEFL-Paper Based, Revised*: 60
TOEFL-Internet Based***: 79
PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic): 56
iTEP Academic Plus*: 4.5
EIKEN: Grade Pre-1
SAT scores**: 550 (total on the Evidence-Based Reading/Writing score)
ACT scores**: 21 (total, and on both English and Reading sections)
High School Marks (India, Nepal and Pakistan): 65% in English at X and XII in Certificate
High School Marks (Kenya): 75% in English in Grade 10 and Grade 12
IB (International Baccalaureate): 5, 6 or 7 on English: Literature or Language & Literature
University Graduate from USA, UK, Canada (except Quebec), Australia and New Zealand: Must have completed two years there and graduated
Duolingo English Test: 105
*A-State’s institutional code to receive electronic tests is 6011.
**Test scores cannot be older than 2 years.
***Currently accepting TOEFL, internet based at home test.
The M.S. in Biology is a 33-34 hour program with a required thesis based on original research. Faculty with expertise in ecology, genetics, botany, entomology, herpetology, zoology, cell and molecular biology, reproductive biology, microbiology and other fields advise student research. Individual faculty in the Biology Department should be consulted about their research programs.
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The MS Biology Program prepares students for a variety of careers in government, academia and research. Recent graduates have gone to successful careers as educators, researchers, analysts, system administrators and as a special agent with the FBI.
Health Insurance: $1100 USD per year