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: November 1 (International: October 1)
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: Faculty committee members examine qualified applicants' materials and make recommendations. | Biology Graduate Program | Prospective Students page

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

Credit Hours/Coursework | Biology Graduate Program

Non-thesis: A minimum of 30 hours of postbaccalaureate credit. 

Thesis: A minimum of 30 hours of postbaccalaureate credit (6 hours of thesis research).

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: Conservation Biologist, Geneticist, Physician

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 is based in two distinct areas of concentration: Ecology, Evolution and Systematics (EES) and Cellular and Molecular Regulation (CMR). 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: Biology proudly enjoys the international diversity of their faculty members and their disciplines. The members are grouped in six (6) research areas: Biodiversity and Conservation; Botany; Ecology; Genetics and Molecular Biology; Molecular Interactions, Signals and Pathways; and Physiology. | Biology Faculty and Staff Page

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

Program Highlights: Students applying to the M.S. program usually desire to broaden their knowledge and/or become more competitive in seeking employment (in environmental, industrial, or research companies) or gaining admission into a health science program (medical school, dentistry, etc.). | Reis Web Site

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