Biology—MS

The Master of Science in Biology is an advanced academic degree that prepares students to continue on for a Ph.D. or to work as a research associate or technician in a biology-related fields in the private or public sectors.This program is built around 3 core components:
  • Coursework that includes BIOL550 (Issues in Origins and Speciation), BIOL681-682 (Research Methods and Biology Seminar I, II), and other courses selected in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor (minimum of 24 credits). GPA must be ≥ 3.0 (B), and no course with a grade below C counts toward the degree.
  • A written thesis based on original research that culminates in a final oral examination (6 credits; 2 registrations of BIOL699).
  • A written comprehensive exam (BIOL670) taken before the end of the 3rd semester in residence. This exam will cover the following 6 areas: molecular biology, physiology, genetics and speciation, morphology and development, ecology, and general and philosophical biology.

Program length

This 30-credit program can typically be completed in two years if summers are devoted to research.

Application deadlines

  • Fall (August – December): July 15
  • Spring (January – May): November 15
  • Summer Session 1 (May – June): March 15
  • Summer Session 2 (June – July): April 15
  • Summer Session 3 (July – August): May 15

Students who apply after the deadline will incur an additional late application fee.

Eligibility requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree in biology from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 2.60 (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses), although most successful applicants have an undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0 (B).
  • English proficiency: Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.

Prerequisites

  • A bachelor's degree with major in biology or a related discipline, including courses in genetics, cell and molecular biology, organismal physiology, developmental biology, and ecology.
  • Full-year courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.  Mathematics through calculus level is encouraged.

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • Recommendations: Two recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: Information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • GRE score: The exam must be taken within five years prior to admission.
  • Statement of Purpose: A 500-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; your philosophical perspective; and what you hope to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of your degree.

Additional requirements for international students

  • English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores.
  • Transcripts: Students have two options for submitting their transcripts.
    1. Sending transcripts directly from the university attended. Official, literal English translations of transcripts, along with the original-language documents, from institutions where English is not considered the official language.

      OR
    2. Having official transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES, AACRAO or ECE. Evaluations must be sent directly from the organization us and must include:
      • At least the overall GPA
      • Degree title equivalent in the U.S.
      • Date the degree was conferred
      These are the guidelines you must follow if you use any of the approved credential evaluation agencies:
      • WES: Students who choose this organization must request the WES International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP) which includes verified copies of official transcripts. Students using WES ICAP will not need to submit additional copies of transcripts.
      • AACRAO: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcripts in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
      • ECE: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcript in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma: A copy of the literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document may be sent by email. The copy of the Diploma is not needed if the transcripts come through an approved credential evaluation agency (WESAACRAOECE) listing the graduation date. Also, a copy of the diploma is not needed if the transcripts list the graduation date and degree conferred.
  • Secondary Documents: A copy of these Secondary Documents may be required where applicable.
    • Baccalaureate for the French system
    • Abitur Diploma for the German system 
    • A-level results for the British system
  • Summary of Educational Experience: Complete the educational summary form and submit to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • I-20 form: International students must obtain an I-20 form before applying for a visa. The requirements for obtaining an I-20 form are:
    • Academic acceptance
    • Payment of $3,000 advance deposit (not required for Mexico and Canada, $2000 for Summer 2013)
    • Submit the Estimated Budget Sheet showing evidence of financial resources for one academic year
    • A full semester payment in advance is required for citizens of Kenya and Ethiopia

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

Finances

To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

Next steps

You can read up on application requirements, finances and frequently asked questions; or submit your application.

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