Our MA program provides advanced graduate training in biology for students whose principal interests lie outside the typical laboratory-focused graduate program in biology. With its broad-based curriculum, the MA program is designed for students planning professional careers including healthcare, law, business, teaching, and governmental and non-governmental policy.
MA candidates complete 18 credit hours of formal graduate coursework. Courses cover advanced topics in the biological sciences and teach critical thinking, analysis of primary scientific literature, and experimental design. Courses can be taken in other departments.
To develop oral presentation skills, MA candidates enroll in a seminar course each semester of their first year. Each student presents one seminar outlining his or her scholarly project. MA candidates also attend the departmental seminar series, featuring distinguished scientists from inside and outside the university.
MA candidates develop an original scholarly project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. This project is tailored to the student’s interests and career goals. MA projects may be supervised by a faculty member from the Biological Sciences department or another department at the university. Upon the completion of the project, usually in the second or third semester of study, the MA candidate prepares a written report.