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 40 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 40 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

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.

This program is 40 credit hours. These 40 credit hours must include the following:

One course in biochemistry of at least 3 hours*

  • normally Chem 6600 Biochemistry I (5 hours) or 6610 Biochemistry II (3 hours), although higher-level courses may be selected.

*This requirement may be waived if the student has successfully passed an equivalent undergraduate course with a B or better (in case that the biochemistry work is waived, the student must still complete requisite hours of coursework).

Seminar

  • Biol 8700 Seminar (2 hours) covers current research topics in biology. There are also other seminar courses available: Biol 6960 and Biol 6870. however, those are optional. Biol 8700 is required.

A Non-thesis or Thesis Capstone**

  • Non-thesis Project or Paper. Biol 8888 (4 hours)
    • The non-thesis requires a committee of at least two faculty. Students may begin their non-thesis ahead of registering for the course, but should only register for the course in the semester that they are ready to submit the final product.
  • Thesis. Biol 8999 (14 hours)
    • Students must complete a thesis proposal before work toward the thesis can commence. Upon completion of thesis work, the student must also write a thesis and successfully defend the thesis. The thesis requires a committee of at least 3 faculty, and 2 of the 3 must be graduate faculty.

** Upon admission, a Master’s student is assumed to be non-thesis until successful completion of a thesis proposal.

Additional Coursework

  • If a concentration is chosen, then completion of concentration requirements.
  • Any additional 6000 level Biology courses necessary to reach the requisite 40 hours of coursework.
    • 8000 level Biology courses can be used but must be approved by the graduate director.

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
Academic Services 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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