Biology

Master of Science

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Our on-campus program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and research skills necessary to attain your professional goals in several exciting core areas of the biological sciences. The program consists of two primary focal areas – coursework and original research. Coursework will prepare you to become a professional biologist by introducing you to the wide variety of skills needed to address current and future biological problems. The research emphasis will help further enhance your skills and contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of biology while preparing you for a PhD program or professional employment.

Learn more about the primary research our faculty members are currently engaged in!

Dr. Chris Chabot
Dr. Chabot’s lab addresses issues in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and one of our main interests is in the control of timing of behaviors and physiology by internal clocks (esp. – circadian and circatidal). We investigate a variety of questions about the mechanisms of these biological rhythms, often in marine organisms, from the molecular and genetic level to behavior and physiology.

Please contact Dr. Chris Chabot at chrisc@plymouth.edu or visit http://jupiter.plymouth.edu/~chrisc/ for more information about his work.

Dr. Heather Doherty

Dr. Doherty’s lab examines genetics, genomics, and molecular biology of tissue regeneration, wound healing, and heart disease in humans. Ongoing projects include: 1) Discovery of genetic variation in the Connective Tissue Growth Factor gene, 2) Testing for association of human genetic variants to heart disease, and 3) Using tissue culture cells to model the role of genetic variation in wound healing.

Please contact Dr. Heather Doherty at hedoherty@plymouth.edu or visit https://www.plymouth.edu/faculty-staff/faculty-staff/faculty-profiles/heather-doherty/ for more information about her work.

Dr. Diana Jolles

Dr. Jolles’ lab focuses on plants and fungi, especially questions concerning phylogenetics, population genetics, biogeography, and reproductive biology (including plant-insect interactions), or projects requiring floristic/fungal surveys of areas in New England for which the diversity is poorly understood.

Please contact Dr. Diana Jolles at ddjolles@plymouth.edu or visit pyrola.org for more information about her work.

Dr. Mike Son

Dr. Son’s lab focuses on the pathogenesis of the infectious bacterium Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of the re-emerging human intestinal disease cholera. Our research centers around the characterization of clinically relevant single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs): (1) and how genetic changes has afforded this organism’s increased ability to cause disease, (2) attachment to and the development of copepod models, and (3) environmental impacts on the propagation of other aquatic pathogenic bacteria.

Please contact Dr. Mike Son at msson@plymouth.edu or visit http://jupiter.plymouth.edu/~msson) for more information about his work.

Program Objectives

You will develop research skills by investigating unanswered questions in the field of biology, becoming familiar with the latest biological methodology relating to your topic of choice, understanding the capabilities and limitations of these various methods, and learning to communicate biological concepts effectively both verbally and in writing. Our faculty in the biology department have exciting and vibrant research programs in fields of study including animal or plant physiology, animal behavior, neurobiology, molecular and cell biology, bioinformatics, genetics, microbiology, development, and ecology.

Outcomes

Upon completion of the program you will have the skills necessary to read and write scientific literature, ask and answer life sciences questions, and direct independent research projects. In addition, you will be prepared to progress into a PhD program or professional employment in your field of study.

Please contact the interim program coordinator, Chris Chabot at (603) 535-2864 for more information.

The MS in Biology requires 30 credits for either the thesis and non-thesis options:

Curriculum Requirements
Admission is competitive and dependent upon a faculty member agreeing to serve as your research advisor prior to submitting your application. Students are encouraged to contact the program coordinator to discuss research interests and possible funding opportunities before applying.
Admission Requirements
The MS in Biology requires the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee
Admission Deadlines

The MS in Biology program accepts applications for the fall semester each year. The application deadline is March 1. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and continue until positions are filled. PSU offers a limited number of competitively awarded graduate assistantships each year to students pursuing the thesis option.

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline.

Fall Registration Open

Spring Registration Opens October 28

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Browse and Register for Courses” option on the left side. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to psu-registrar@plymouth.edu or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate level courses is assessed on a per credit basis, and differs slightly for NH residents and non-residents. Please note, the per credit rate varies depending on the level of the program to which you are admitted.

2019-20 Rates for New Hampshire Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $535 $40 $575
CAGS $565 $40 $605
EdD $625 $40 $665

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for Non-Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $760 $40 $800
CAGS $670 $40 $710
EdD $750 $40 $790

More information is available through the Student Account Services Office.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Financial Aid webpages.

Scholarships

Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Assistant positions are available on a limited basis to highly qualified graduate students who’ve been fully accepted into a graduate program at Plymouth State. Applications for assistantships should be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 1 for the upcoming year.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIREComplete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH

EMAIL Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at forgrad@plymouth.edu

CHATWe would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.

Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.