What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

A minimum of 32 semester hours of applicable graduate coursework must be completed. It is possible to complete the program in one year, but most students take two years (four semesters).

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: Does not admit

Biology, M.S.

Earning an M.S. degree in biology can be a stepping stone to a career in the biosciences or in preparation for a professional degree. The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Biology offers a flexible curriculum that can incorporate courses from other departments and colleges at Georgia State. Students must complete at least 40 credit hours of approved coursework.

Students may apply under a specific area/concentration, though a concentration is not required. Upon admission, a master's student is assumed to be non-thesis until acceptance into the thesis option. The non-thesis program emphasizes coursework, and a capstone paper or project is required. The capstone can either be literature-based or laboratory-based.

The thesis option emphasizes research. Acceptance into the thesis option requires approval of a thesis proposal. Completion of the thesis option requires an approved thesis as well as a successful defense of the thesis. The thesis option is only recommended for students who are planning to pursue a Ph.D.

For information about the M.S. in Medical Sciences in Biology program, which is designed for students who plan to apply to medical school, go to https://cas.gsu.edu/program/medical-sciences-in-biology-ms/.

Biology, M.S.

Earning an M.S. degree in biology can be a stepping stone to a career in the biosciences or in preparation for a professional degree. The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Biology offers a flexible curriculum that can incorporate courses from other departments and colleges at Georgia State. Students must complete at least 40 credit hours of approved coursework.

Students may apply under a specific area/concentration, though a concentration is not required. Upon admission, a master's student is assumed to be non-thesis until acceptance into the thesis option. The non-thesis program emphasizes coursework, and a capstone paper or project is required. The capstone can either be literature-based or laboratory-based.

The thesis option emphasizes research. Acceptance into the thesis option requires approval of a thesis proposal. Completion of the thesis option requires an approved thesis as well as a successful defense of the thesis. The thesis option is only recommended for students who are planning to pursue a Ph.D.

For information about the M.S. in Medical Sciences in Biology program, which is designed for students who plan to apply to medical school, go to https://cas.gsu.edu/program/medical-sciences-in-biology-ms/.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

A minimum of 32 semester hours of applicable graduate coursework must be completed. It is possible to complete the program in one year, but most students take two years (four semesters).

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: Does not admit

Careers

  • biochemist
  • microbiologist
  • biological technician
  • medical technician
  • medical manager
  • lab manager
  • phlebotomist
  • environmental scientist
  • food scientist
  • forensic scientist
  • teacher
  • dental hygienist
  • physician
  • surgeon
  • science journalist

Program Details

Please Note: GRE scores are being waived for all of 2021.

In addition to the online graduate application, the program has the following requirements:

  • An undergraduate or master’s degree in the biology, chemistry or a related field
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00
  • A minimum GRE score in the 40th percentile in at least two categories. MCAT and DAT scores are not accepted.
  • Transcripts of all past academic performance
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • For non-native speakers of English, official scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Upon completion of this degree program, graduates will be well versed in research in their area of focus and able to:

  • Apply critical thinking.
  • Ask scientific questions and offer educated hypotheses.
  • Describe the role that their area of focus and biology have in the biosciences.
  • Apply scientific approaches to their work.
  • Communicate biological concepts and applications.

Students who began the program in summer 2020 or before must follow the curriculum listed in the course catalog of the year that they entered.

Students who began the program in fall 2020 can either be grandfathered into the curriculum of the 2020-2021 course catalog or choose to follow the new curriculum.

Students who began the program in spring 2021 or after should follow the new curriculum below.

 

Option 1: MS in Biology (without concentration)

Core: 11 Credit Hours

  • 8 Credit Hours of Core Biology Courses (2 classes from a select list) *
  • 1 Credit Hour of Grad career development class (New)
  • 2 Credit Hours of Biology Seminar

Electives: 17 Credit Hours**

  • Biology 6000 & 8000 courses
  • Internships: up to 4 Credit Hours (2 Credit Hours each)
  • Outside of Biology: Up to 9 Credit Hours (~3 courses)
  • Examples: Chemistry, Public Health, Policy, Business, Law, Criminal Justice, etc.

Capstone: 4 Credit Hours

  • Project, Internship, or Literature-Based Review

 

Option 2: MS in Biology (Research Concentration, with research project)

Core: 5 Credit Hours

  • 1 Credit Hour of Bioethics/RCR class
  • 2 Credit Hours of at least one concept or two topic classes
  • 2 Credit Hours of one Biology seminar

Electives: 15 Credit Hours**

  • Graduate-level class per Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Research: 12 Credit Hours

  • Research courses: 8 Credit Hours
  • Research Report: 4 Credit Hours

 

Option 3: MS in Biology (Research Concentration, with Thesis)

Core: 5 hours

  • 1 Credit Hours of Bioethics/RCR
  • 2 Credit Hours of Biology seminar
  • 2 Credit Hours of at least one concept, two topic classes, or student seminar class (new)

Electives: 7 Credit Hours**

  • Graduate-level class per Individual Development Plan (IPD)

Research & Thesis: 20 Credit Hours

  • Research courses + Thesis defense, 20 Credit Hours
  • Core Biology Courses Options

Non-Research concentrations will have a set of core courses required of all students in that concentration ( e.g., Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Medical Sciences).  The MS in Biology (without concentration) will require 2 Core Classes chosen from the following list.  These courses represent foundational concepts in Biology and align with the discipline focus of the Biology Department.

  • BIOL 6074 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 6100 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • BIOL 6240 Endocrinology
  • BIOL 6248 Cell Physiology
  • BIOL 6278 Immunology
  • BIOL 6458 Microbial Ecology and Metabolism
  • BIOL 6580 Microbial pathogenesis
  • BIOL 6564 Advanced Genetics
  • BIOL 6575 Virology
  • BIOL 6800 Principles of Cellular Biology

** BIOL 6900 and 7000 level courses are not applicable toward the degree program

Visit the catalog for curriculum details.

Tuition:
Students are charged graduate tuition and fees. A breakdown of the fees can be found on the Student Financial Services site. In-state tuition and fees are about $16,000+ per year. Out-of-state tuition is about $45,000+ per year.

Student Funding Support:
The department offers competitive graduate assistantship opportunities, which includes a stipend and tuition waiver. If you are interested in these graduate assistantship opportunities, contact the Academic Services Coordinator.

Description

Scholarships:
The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.

Fellowships:
The department periodically offers fellowships, which are announced to all students.
The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships.

Cost Calculator:
Our calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.

Contacts

Robin Nguyen
Department Coordinator
404-413-5430
rnguyen8@gsu.edu

Larialmy Allen
Graduate Student Coordinator
404-413-5405
lallen47@gsu.edu

Robert Maxwell
Master's Director
404-413-5342
rmaxwell@gsu.edu

Zehava Eichenbaum
Associate Graduate Director
404-413-5401
zeichen@gsu.edu

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Biology Main Office Location
Petit Science Center
Suite 495
100 Piedmont Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30303

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