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Master of Science in Biology

Program Requirements Graduate School Application Deadline  Program Application Deadline Additional Program Application Required?
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) 

Minimum combined score of 900 (converted) on the GRE 

Minimum formula score of 2400 (GPA x GRE)
For Spring 2016
apply by
December 7, 2015

For Spring 2016
apply by
December 7, 2015


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the program take?
Both thesis and non-thesis students are required to complete a minimum of 33 hours of graduate coursework plus two seminar classes. Detailed information may be found in the Graduate Studies Handbook. Some students complete the degree in two years; however, students engaged in extensive field research will finish in three.

What is the difference between thesis and non-thesis students?
Students enrolled in the thesis option are required to complete a research project, and must write and defend a thesis. Non-thesis students are required to take the Research Methods course to gain exposure to the research process.

Why do I need a faculty adviser/sponsor?
Every student must have a faculty adviser/sponsor prior to admission to ensure they are given accurate advising, degree plans, and guidance throughout their studies at ULM. This is particularly important for students in the thesis option, as your adviser will guide you through the research project and the writing of your thesis. Contact us if you have any questions about this process!

Are there graduate assistantships available?
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to students who have chosen the thesis option. If you are interested in applying, please fill out the application form and submit letters of recommendation available here. Submit completed applications and letters of recommendation directly to the Graduate Coordinator.

When will decisions be made regarding program admission?
Applications will be considered as they are received and will continue until the program is full. Once a complete application has been made (including all transcripts and test scores), applicants will usually be notified of a decision within four weeks. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Next steps...

Ready to apply?
Please submit your application, transcripts, and test scores well in advance of deadlines published above. For more information about the Graduate School admission process, as well as the online application, please click here.

Program Cost
ULM has long been known for providing quality education at an affordable cost. Cost per credit hour varies based upon the number credit hours taken per semester, and approximate tuition and fee information is provided by the University Controller. Approximate cost of attendance can be found here.

Graduate Catalog
The catalog outlines university policies, tuition and fees, extensive program and degree information, and serves as your primary resource for all matters pertaining to your graduate studies and campus life. Click the links below for catalog information specific to each program.

Biology, M.S.

Still have questions? 

Contact our program coordinator for more information:

Dr. Kim Marie Tolson
Graduate Coordinator, Biology
College of Arts, Education and Sciences
Garrett Hall 208