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Advance your professional goals or prepare for entry into a doctoral program with our Master of Science in Biological Sciences. Work with our faculty as you explore behavioral ecology, environmental science, microbiology, molecular and developmental biology, wildlife ecology, conservation and much more. Expand your STEM research opportunities and career possibilities with our master’s degree program.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2-3 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

Non-thesis 36, Thesis 30

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

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Biological Sciences :: Focus Your Passion

Focus Your Passion

Our department offers two different tracks that cater to your research interests and career goals. Discover which program works best for you.

Research

If you’re interested in earning a Ph.D. or working in a laboratory setting, this program is designed for you. Our thesis track lets you conduct graduate-level research in our world-class McFarland Science Building and Biomedical Institute for Regenerative Research. Choose from a wide variety of specialties from molecular biology to wildlife ecology and much more. Our thirty-hour program is divided into eight courses (24 hours) plus thesis research (6 hours). You are encouraged to pursue research that matches your academic and professional goals. Speak with one of our faculty members and discover what opportunities we offer at A&M-Commerce.

Education

Are you a biology teacher looking to expand your knowledge and improve your teaching methods? Our non-thesis track is meant for you. With our fully-online program, you can study anywhere, anytime. Dive into a deeper understanding of invertebrate zoology, microbial ecology and human physiology through our program. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of electives that interest you. Our track opens the doors to teaching dual-credit and undergraduate courses at the college level.

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Master of Science in Biological Sciences :: 1.03 SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

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Master of Science in Biological Sciences :: 1.06 PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

A masters in biological sciences will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Dive deeper into your desired field to gain a career and salary edge in a competitive job market
  • Prepare for entry into doctoral or professional health programs
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Master of Science in Biological Sciences :: 1.07 Careers

Careers

Biological sciences students can use their in-depth knowledge to tackle challenges found in labs, research institutes and other related arenas. Broaden your network and gain real-world experience with internships and career opportunities with help from faculty and staff.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Biochemist and Biophysicist
$93,280
Microbiologist
$71,650
Medical Scientist
$84,810

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Master of Science in Biological Sciences :: 1.08 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Internship opportunities

Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Although not required for your degree, internships are an important part of your education experience. These are just a few of the companies that partner with Career Development and offer opportunities for A&M-Commerce biology students.

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Master of Science in Biological Sciences :: 1.11 WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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What You Will Learn

This program will prepare you for research-intensive jobs in biochemistry, biophysics, microbiology, zoology or doctoral programs in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy and allied health sciences fields.

Courses to Prepare You for Your Career

  • Foundation courses include Research Literature and Techniques or Thesis, depending on option selected
  • Core business analytics courses include Quantitative Biology, Advanced Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics and Human Physiology
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Master of Science in Biological Sciences:: 1.12 FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Graduate Program Costs

Program Costs

As of Fall 2019, tuition and fees for a graduate student taking 9 credit hours through our 1 Year Optional Rate Plan is $3,288.98 for a Texas resident and $7,086.98 for a non-Texas resident. However, rates do change based on the number of credit hours taken, payment plan used and other factors.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission Requirements

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Master of Science in Biological Sciences:: Admissions Requirements v2

Domestic Student Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in biology or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 overall or 3.0 on last 60 hours
  • Minimum of 12 semester hours of junior or senior-level biology classes with a minimum score of B (80%) or equivalent
  • The department may request an interview with you.

Required Documents

  • Apply Texas application
  • $50 (USD) application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Letters must be signed and on letterhead from a professional that can attest to the applicant’s academic abilities.
  • Statement of intent
    A letter including but not limited to the following information:
    • The type of degree you wish to pursue: Thesis, non-thesis or online
    • Academic and career goals
    • Area of interest in biology (ie. cellular and molecular biology, ecology, wildlife biology, genomics, cancer biology, microbiology, bioremediation etc.)
  • All official transcripts
    • All transcripts used towards a bachelor’s degree
    • Any master’s degree transcript(s) with graduate coursework (if applicable)
  • Test scores
    At least one of the following tests
    • Official General Test GRE scores
    • TExES for Life Science 8-12 #138
    • TExES for Life Science 7-12 #238
    • TExES for Science 8-12 #136
    • TExES for Science 7-12 #236

Application Packet Submission Deadline

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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Master of Science in Biological Sciences :: Admissions Requirements, International v2

International Student Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in Biology or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 overall or 3.0 on last 60 hours
  • Minimum of 12 semester hours of junior or senior-level biology classes with a minimum score of B (80%) or equivalent
  • The department may request an interview with you.

Required Documents

  • Apply Texas application
  • $75 (USD) application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Letters must be signed and on letterhead from a professional that can attest to the applicant’s academic abilities.
  • Statement of intent
    A letter including but not limited to the following information
    • The type of degree you wish to pursue: Thesis, non-thesis or online
    • Academic and career goals
    • Area of interest in biology (ie. cellular and molecular biology, ecology, wildlife biology, genomics, cancer biology, microbiology, bioremediation etc.)
  • All official transcripts
    • Bachelor’s degree, including all transcripts used towards a bachelor’s degree
    • Any master’s degree transcript(s) with graduate coursework (if applicable)
    • A copy of the provisional certificate or diploma
  • Test scores
    At least one of the following tests
    • Official General Test GRE scores
    • TExES for Life Science 8-12 #138
    • TExES for Life Science 7-12 #238
    • TExES for Science 8-12 #136
    • TExES for Science 7-12 #236
  • English proficiency
    Scores must be less than 2 years old.
    • Official TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550), or
    • Official IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall), or
    • Official PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher), or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States

Application Packet Submission Deadlines

Applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration: June 1

Spring admission consideration: October 15

Summer admission consideration: March 15

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Master of Science in Biological Sciences :: 1.18 Staff

We Are Here to Help!

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Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences :: Contact

Contact Us

  • Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences
  • 903.886.5378
  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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Master of Science in Biological Sciences :: 1.14 RELATED DEGREE PROGRAMS

Related Degree Programs

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