Biology

Master of Science

DescriptionDegree OptionsAdmission RequirementsRegistration
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. Heather Doherty
Dr. Diana Jolles
Dr. Mike Son

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 program coordinator, Heather Doherty, at (603) 535-3181 for more information.

There are two options for the MS in Biology:

Thesis Option
Non-Thesis Option
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 for the MS in Biology requires the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • GRE test scores
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee

Review of applications will begin April 1 and continue until positions are filld. PSU offers a limited number of competitively awarded graduate assistantships each year to students pursuing the thesis option.

Summer 2018 Registration – Opens April 16
Fall 2018 Registration – Opens April 16

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 “Course Offerings” tab, and using the first “Class Schedule Search” option. 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.