Saint Louis University

Biology | Master of Science Degree

From the Saint Louis University Biology Graduate Program Page: The Department of Biology is organized into two broad areas of specialization: Cell and Molecular Regulation (CMR) and Ecology, Evolution and Systematics (EES). In either of these areas, students may elect to pursue a Master of Science degree in Biology.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: January 1 (International: January 1) Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G or MCAT; Transcripts from all previous schools; Resume; Goal Statement; Interview (desired)
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.3900
Chair: Robert Wood, Ph.D.
Admissions Coord.: Susan Spencer, Ph.D.

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • Adequate undergraduate preparation in biology with a minimum 3.0 GPA in science and math courses.

Biology Application Review Process:

  • A faculty committee examines the whole of every application. However, there is consideration for matching applicant interests with faculty research areas.
  • Applicants should outline their research goals in the Professional Goals Statement and should identify and correspond with faculty members whose area of research matches their interests.

Faculty committee members examine each applicant's materials and make recommendations. Applicants are encouraged to contact individual faculty members whose research interests them early in the application process. | Biology Graduate Program | Prospective Students page

Honors | Recognitions | Rankings: Recognized by Peterson's listings of graduate programs

Credit Hours/Coursework: A minimum of 30 hours of postbaccalaureate credit (6 hours of thesis research). | Biology Graduate Handbook

Program Description: This degree requires a formal research project and thesis and is excellent preparation for continued graduate studies at the doctoral level, or for employment in environmental, industrial or research companies.

Career Possibilities: Scientist at a biotech or pharmaceutical company, conservation biologist, entry into a doctoral program.

Curriculum & Program Details: The program is ideal for a candidate seeking lab research experience or wishing to advance to a Ph.D. program. A thesis is required. Coursework may be chosen from a wide variety of fields, including cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, GIS, ecology, evolution, and botany. Unique to studying in St. Louis is access to the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. These areas enhance the biological research education beyond the classroom. | Prospective Student Page for Biology

About the Biology Faculty: The Biology Department enjoys a great deal of diversity among its faculty members and their disciplines. Faculty research areas include: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Biodiversity and Conservation, Botany, Evolution, and Ecology. | Biology Faculty and Staff Page

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Contact the Biology Department for more information. | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: Students enjoy access to excellent facilities within Saint Louis University and at the University's Reis Biological Station. Collaborations with and the ability to take classes at neighboring institutions such as Washington University, the University of Missouri St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the St. Louis Zoo, and the Danforth Plant Science Center further expand the possibilities for research and learning. | Reis Web Site

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