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The graduate program in biology offers courses of study leading to either a Master of Science or a Master of Arts degree. Through coursework and research experiences, the faculty mentor M.A. and M.S. students through the scientific research process, emphasizing: the importance of critical thinking and writing skills, the ability to develop sound, testable hypotheses, and the ability to communicate scientific ideas effectively.

The M.S. degree is distinguished by a guided, in-depth research experience that includes the writing and presentation of a formal research proposal; the design, execution, and analysis of a research project; and the writing of a formal thesis. The graduate program in biology prepares students for teaching careers, professional school, or doctoral studies.

Learn more about our graduate programs:


Graduate Program Coordinator:

Christopher A. Sheil, Ph.D.
Email: csheil@jcu.edu


Meet our Graduate Assistants