Course Summary

Course Description

Master of Science

The program is structured to offer breadth as well as depth in biological studies, the mastery of essential research techniques, and the ability to communicate effectively the results of creative reserach and scholarship.

This program is designed for students seeking research experince. Prior to applying, applicants are encouraged to visit the department of Biology website in order to determine if th applicant's research interests parallel those of the department faculty.

Minimum requirement for the degree are 30 semester hours, consisting of 24 hours of credit, at last half of which must be courses numbered above 499, master's thesis (BL599, 5 credit hours). Participation in the biology seminar program on a regular basis is required. An oral or written examination consisting of questions that reflect the student's educational experience and thesis and that seeks to integrate knowledge across those areas is also required. The examination will be administered by the thesis committee after successfull completion of the thesis.

March 1st of each year is the deadline to have the complete MS application.

Adminission requirements

The equivalent of a Bachelor of science with a major in biology as offered at John Carroll University. Completion of other related majors (environmental science, cell and molecular biology, etc) will be consired on a case by case basis.  

A completed application form, official undergraduate transcripts, and at least two letters of academic evaluation with recommendation cover sheet from former professors.

Students may be granted conditional or unconditional acceptance to the program. The minimum requirements for unconditional acceptance are a 3.0 GPA in Biology courses and a 3.0 overall GPA. In some cases, conditional acceptance may be granted to students with a 2.5 GPA in their biology courses and for their overall GPA. Students granted conditonal acceptance must obtain a 3.0 GPA in their first two JCU biology courses (6 credits minimum). 

Students seeking to enter the M.S. program in Biology are strongly encouraged to contact professors in the department to determine if those professors are accepting graduate students. Contact information can be found on the department website.
March 1st of each year is the deadline to have complete MS applicaton. There are rolling admissions for the MA applicaton.

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