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Graduate Program

Program Description:
The Master of Science in Biology is designed for students entering research-re­lated careers or planning to enter advanced graduate and professional de­gree programs. The general goal of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to sharpen their knowledge and expertise, improve their ability for self-directed study, and advance intellectual responsibility, all in preparation for professional leadership in the field of biology. The program allows students the flexibility to develop avenues of study and thesis research proposals based on their interests and goals.

Program Coordinators:

Dr. Laura Newcomb
Phone: 909-537-5542
Location: BI 310

Dr. Daniel Nickerson
Phone: 909-537-3671
Location: CS 112

Biology's Department Page Biology's Bulletin Page

Application Requirements:

  • $70 Application fee
  • Prior college transcripts (unofficial accepted)
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • (optional) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score


Application Deadline
Deadline for Spring admission (January) Deadline for Fall admission (August)  
December 15th (of prior year) May 15th  


Application Details:

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. Admittance into the program requires acceptance into the research laboratory of a full-time faculty member in Biology who will serve as the student's thesis advisor. Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective advisors before submitting your application regarding the availability of Master student positions
  2. Baccalaureate degree in biology or a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning
  3. Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in all biology and supporting coursework in chemistry, physics, and mathematics
  4. Submission of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is optional. If submitted, scores may be used in the evaluation process.
  5. Submission of a one-page, typewritten personal statement to the Department of Biology Graduate Committee. The statement should include the student's preparation for graduate study, goals in the graduate training program, potential area of research and possible advisor, and professional goals following completion of the M.S
  6. Submission of three letters of recommendation from people who are in a position to make relevant comments on the student's intent and potential for success in the M.S. program. At least two of the letters should be from current or former college or university faculty familiar with the student's scholarship and related activities.


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