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2019-2020 Bulletin 
2019-2020 Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, M.S.

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* For additional information please refer to the Graduate Handbook.

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology, Regular Thesis

Mission/Purpose of Program:

The offering of a graduate degree in biology will provide students who have attained the baccalaureate degree in biology or other natural sciences, the opportunity to broaden and increase their knowledge in the biological sciences. Additionally, it provides students the opportunity to enter into or expand their experience in experimental research in the areas of health disparities, cancer, environmental biology, cardiovascular disease, mycology, parasitology, and microbiology. The degree allows students to gain employment in industry, education, or pursue further study in doctoral programs in health‐related fields or biomedical or environmental research.

Admission Requirements:

  • To be considered for the Master of Science degree program in Biology, applicants must have completed the B.S degree from a department from an accredited institution in the following areas for the Master’s program in:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Bio‐Physics
    • Computational Biology
  • Prerequisite academic work should provide evidence that the application shall be able to pursue the graduate course effectively
  • Applicants must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and a science GPA of 3.0.
  • Applicants must have the following GRE score: verbal at least 150; quantitative at least 150.
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (International Students must have transcripts translated through World Education Services ‐WES)
  • Completed Application along with the required amount of application fees
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Financial Support Statement (International Students -only)-Note: If accepted to the department, then department can submit financial support statement if funds available.
  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores (International students only).

Graduation Requirements:

Core Courses: 13 credits
Elective Courses: 11 credits
Thesis Research: 6 credits
Qualifying Examination Admission to Candidacy
Passing of the Final Oral Examination

Advisory/Examination Committee:

During the first semester of his/her study in the Master of Science program, the student and his/her Major Professor must recommend to the Head of the Department for approval, the student’s Advisory Committee consisting of a minimum of five members including the Major Professor. Two of the members can be from outside of the department as long their research interests align with that of the student.

Transfer Credits

The student’s Advisory Committee may recommend transfer credits for up to 9 hours for graduate courses taken by the student at Tuskegee University as part of another graduate program or at any other institution. Transfer credits may be recommended under both core and elective categories.

Admission to Candidacy

Graduate students can apply to be admitted to candidacy for the M.S. degree Immediately after completing 18 credits of course work at Tuskegee University, the student must submit to the Dean of Graduate Studies, a completed application for the Candidacy for the degree.


A student pursuing the Master of Science degree in Biology must present at least two seminars. The first seminar shall be the presentation of the student’s research proposal of the Master’s thesis. The second or the final seminar shall be his/her Final Oral Examination for the degree. The student is also required to participate in all seminars arranged by the department.


The final draft of the thesis must be filed with the student’s Advisory Committee at least 30 days before the date listed in the university calendar for final copies to be submitted during the semester in which the student expects to graduate. The student must present to the Dean of Graduate Programs a “Preliminary Approval Sheet” (PAS) bearing the signature of the Major Professor before the final oral examination may be scheduled and before copies of the thesis are distributed to members of the Examining Committee. After the “Preliminary Approval Sheet” has been signed, it should be submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies before the final examination is scheduled and before the final draft of the thesis is prepared for final approval. Approval of the thesis in its final form rests with the Examining Committee.

Research assistantships and fellowships are available for students admitted to the program. Continuation of the financial support depends on student’s performance in course work and research, and availability of funds.

Core Courses

Required for All Students in the Master’s program

Total: 12

Elective Courses

Determined by Student’s Major Professor

Elective courses may be any graduate level courses offered at Tuskegee University or elsewhere. Approval of the Major Professor and Graduate Coordinator is necessary for a student to enroll in certain electives. Electives can be taken from Agricultural Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Food and Nutritional Sciences.

Total: 11

List of Core Courses


Additional details that are not shown in this handout may be found in the Bulletin of the Department of Biology, the TU’s Graduate Handbook and the website.

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