Biological Sciences - Cell Biology - M.S. and Ph.D. Download to print
College of Arts and Sciences
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Biological Sciences–Cell Biology is an individualized program of study and research that prepares students for career opportunities in teaching and research in academic, governmental and industrial settings. A core series of courses sets a rigorous foundation in theory, experimental design and technical knowledge of contemporary investigations at the cellular level of organization. Areas of research include developmental biology, cellular and developmental neuroscience, immunology, reproductive biology, cellular endocrinology and molecular genetics.
Admission into the M.S.: official transcript(s); 3.0 GPA; GRE (general test); goal statement; three letters of recommendation; acceptance of the student by a faculty advisor; list of up to five potential faculty advisors; and undergraduate coursework roughly equivalent to a Biology minor.
Please refer to the University policy for graduate admissions.
M.S.: Minimum 32 total credit hours.
M.S.: A thesis and final defense is required.
Students must complete a minimum of 32 hours of graduate coursework, which includes a minimum of 14 hours of formal graduate coursework and six credits of Thesis I. After completing 6 hours of Thesis I, continual registration for Thesis II is required. Students are required to present at least one departmental seminar about their research.
Prospectus: An M.S. student begins research by successfully preparing, presenting and defending a formal prospectus for their research project to their committee.
Thesis and Final Defense: The student must complete a master's thesis. It is expected that the student will present the results of their study in a defense open to students and faculty. The thesis must be presented and defended before the Guidance Committee with not more than one negative vote in order to be recommended to the Department and College of Arts and Sciences for degree conferral.
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