The Master of Science program is offered under either a research thesis or non-thesis option. Research training is available in microbiology, cell, molecular, endocrine, organismal, reproductive, and environmental biology.

Financial Aid

Graduate teaching assistantships are awarded to qualified students. Recipients are required to teach 8 to 10 hours per week.Graduate teaching assistants are eligble for a tuition waiver. Graduate research fellowships are also available.


Applying

Admission as a full-standing student requires a baccalaureate degree in a life-science related discipline from an accredited university or college, an overall grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all previous college or university coursework, a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate biological science courses, a one page statement of purpose that describes the student’s interests in biology, three letters of reference from science faculty members and satisfactory TOEFL, IELTS or PTE-Academic scores from students whose native language is not English. GRE scores are not required. Application deadlines are March 1 for fall semester admission and October 1 (September 1 for international applicants) for spring semester admission. Application is through CollegeNet and all application materials (application forms, transcripts, letters of reference and statement of purpose) must be submitted by the application deadlines.  See the link below concerning applying through CollegeNet.

https://www.wichita.edu/academics/gradschool/ApplicationandAdmission/CollegeNet_Application_Instructions.php

Applications are reviewed after the relevant application deadline.  We do not have rolling admissions. 


Course of Study for the Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Thesis option

Graduation requirements
1. 30 Total Credit Hours
These 30 total credit hours include:

  • 2 hours Biol 797
  • ≤10 hours Biol 890
  • 2 hours Biol 891 (must be enrolled in Bio 891 in the semester in which you defend your thesis)
  • ≥16 hours any courses 500-999
  • Up to 9 of these 16+ hours may be taken outside of the Biology Department
  • 60% of total credit hours (18 hours) must be 700-level or higher
  • ≥16 credit of the 30 credit hours must be earned from the Department of Biological Sciences (see note below concerning transfer credits).

2. Plan of study submitted to and approved by graduate school before completion of 12 credit hours.

3. Committee approval of presentation and oral defense of written thesis prospectus and thesis based on original research

Note: A maximum of 6 hours credit can be transferred from other institutions.


Non-thesis option

Graduation requirements
1. 33 Total Credit Hours
These 33 total credit hours include:

  • 2 hours Biol 797
  • 4-6 hours Biol 781, Biol 781N OR Bio 890
  • 25-27 hours any courses 500-999
  • Up to 9 of these 25-27 hours may be taken outside of the Biology Department
  • 60% of total credit hours (20 hours) must be 700-level or higher
  • > 16 credits of the total credit hours must be earned from the Department of Biological Sciences (see note below concerning transfer credits)
  • GPA of 3.0 or above on all coursework

2. Plan of study submitted to and approved by graduate school before completion of 12 credit hours.

3. “Capstone” project with documented committee approval of written research/coop/intern summary paper

Note: A maximum of 6 hours credit can be transferred from other institutions. Degree must be completed within 6 years.


Correspondence and Information

Dr. Leland Russell
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Biological Sciences
Wichita State University
1845 N. Fairmount #26
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0026
Phone: (316) 978-6798
Fax: (316) 978-6091
E-mail: leland.russell@wichita.edu