MS in Biology
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a 3.00 cumulative grade point ratio and at least 24 semester hours in biology and a general program, including related scientific subjects, which would be equivalent to the biology major offered for the Bachelor of Science degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Students who are deficient in some subject, but whose records are otherwise superior, may make up their deficiencies while they are enrolled in the graduate program.
- Undergraduate academic attainment in biology, which meets with the approval of the graduate biology faculty.
- Submission of an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test taken within the last five years. (The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a master's degree.)
- Three letters of recommendations.
Applicants who have not completed all requirements for admission to the degree program may be permitted to enroll in classes for credit on a non-matriculated or non-degree basis.
Requirements for the Master of Science degree:
- Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 32 credits in the courses approved for a graduate major in biology. A minimum of 20 credits must be taken in biological sciences. A maximum of 6 credits may be transferred from another institution with the permission of the school director if these credits are not part of an existing master's degree. In addition, courses may be taken in other colleges and campuses of the University, with the director's permission.
- Before a student may register beyond 9 credits, he or she is required to obtain a biology adviser. The adviser will help the student select courses most appropriate for the student's needs and interests. Ideally, the student will select a faculty member in the area of interest most closely paralleling his or her own. This faculty member also may serve as the student's mentor.
Students have the option of completing their degrees with or without a research option. Students electing to do the research and the thesis option must take the 4-credit sequence consisting of:
Required courses (total 20 credits)
With or without research option.
The following 1-credit courses are required and must be taken in the fall and spring semesters.
Graduate courses (18 credits)
Choose 18 credits from the following courses. All courses are 3 credits unless othewise indicated.
- BIOL5306 Immunology
- BIOL6240 Molecular Cell Biology, 4 credits
- BIOL6241 Molecular Cell Biology Lab, 0 credits
- BIOL6705 Advances in Cell Biology
- BIOL6724 Human Genetics
- BIOL6725 Human Evolution
- BIOL6728 Bioethics
- BIOL6733 Enzymology
- BIOL6740 Molecular Endocrinology
- BIOL6743 Topics in Bioinformatics, 4 credits
- BIOL6744 Topics in Bioinformatics Lab, 0 credits
- BIOL6761 Advances in Microbiology
- BIOL6771 Behavioral Ecology
- BIOL6775 Physiological Ecology
- BIOL6779 Darwinian Medicine
- BIOL6845 Molecular Biology Techniques, 4 credits
- BIOL6846 Molecular Biology Techniques Lab, 0 credits
- BIOL6888 Physiology of Disease
- BIOL6892 Human Physiology
- ENVR6552 Environmental Risk Assessment
- ENVR6569 Wetland and Watershed Resources
Elective courses must be approved by the student's School of Natural Sciences' graduate advisor.
These courses may include additional graduate biology courses, or independent studies that will fulfill a student's specific needs.
Senior undergraduate students with a 3.00 grade point ratio (GPR) may take graduate courses for undergraduate credit witih permission of the instructor.
Include 12 credits of business courses taken as a unit concentration. Courses may not be selected at random from the three areas of concentration. An adviser from the Silberman College of Business should consulted for additional courses.
The students have a choice of six courses for 2 credits each in accounting, economics, law, management, marketing, and entrepreneurship.
The 5000 level courses are pre-requisites for the 6000 level courses and must be completed with a minimum grade of 'C'.
- ACCT5012 Financial Accounting: End-User App
- ACCT6012 Managerial Accounting Applications
- ECON5012 Economic Analysis
- ECON6012 Managerial Economics
- ENTR6012 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- LAW6012 Society Ethics Legal Environment Law
- LAW6657 Applied Business Law
- MGMT5012 Foundations of Management
- MGMT6012 Organizational Behavior and Leadership
- MGMT6112 Managing Sustainability
- MGMT6621 Strategic Human Resource Management
- MKTG5012 Marketing Principles
- MKTG6012 Strategic Marketing
- MKTG6112 Social Media Strategy
Elective concentration courses
Elective courses (12 credits) must be approved by the student's School of Natural Sciences graduate adviser and director of the intended concentration.
These courses my include additional graduate bioogy courses, independent studies, or othe rgraduate courses that will fulfill a student's specific needs.
For more Information
Dr. Marion McClary
Professor of Biological Sciences
Co-Director, School of Natural Sciences