M.S. in Biology

The mission of the Biology Department is to provide high-quality educational and research opportunities which will promote intellectual growth, social maturation, and professional development. The Master of Science in Biology is designed to provide students with breadth and depth of training in Biology beyond that provided by the baccalaureate degree. Students will gain experience in the design, execution, and reporting of scientific research by completing a research project. The Masters experience is designed to enable students to achieve professional and personal goals in the ever-changing scientific environment.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Biology Masters Program, the student must have a Bachelor's Degree and fulfill the following minimal requirements:


1. A 2.5 or higher grade point average in all undergraduate hours attempted and a preferred 3.0 or higher grade point average in the last 60 hours attempted.


2. A Bachelors of Science or Bachelors of Arts in Biology or related field


3. Completion of the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). A Minimum score of 50 percentile or is 296 or 1000 (Verbal + Quantitative) on the old exam.


4. Sponsorship by a Biology Faculty member willing to serve as the advisor. It is important that you establish this sponsorship before beginning the application process.


5. Three letters of recommendation.


6. Students with a native language other than English must submit evidence of English language proficiency. Contact the graduate college for admissions information.


7. Paper or online application for admission. This is submitted to the Graduate College.

Students in the Master's Program may select the Field/Laboratory Thesis option or the Literature Thesis option. Both require completion of 32 hours of course work at the 5000 level. For the Field/Laboratory Thesis option students take 26 hours of formal classroom work and 6 hours of thesis; the Literature Thesis option requires 30 hours of course work and 2 hours for the Thesis.


For a complete guide to the Biology Masters program, download a copy of the Program Guide. You should also check out the College of Graduate Studies Catalog.

Visit our Financial aid resources page to find links and information for sources of funding

To view former student Thesis Projects and their Advisors see MS Thesis Projects at UCO from 1986 to present.


Contact the Graduate Committee Chairperson, Dr. Michelle Haynie , (405-974-5774) for more information concerning the Master of Science in Biology degree.