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Master of Science in Biology

Program Requirements

Regular Admission

Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale); 

Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework;

minimum formula score of GPA (either cumulative or last 60 hours) 
x GRE (Q + V) = 825

The program will consider using other standardized examinations
(MCAT, DAT, etc) to calculate a formula score on a case-by-case basis. 
International student applicants must meet Graduate School
requirements for English proficiency.

Conditional Admission

Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale); 

Minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 hours of coursework;

minimum formula score of GPA (either cumulative or last 60 hours) 
x GRE (Q+V) = 750

Provisional Admission:  Provisional admission will be granted to
qualified applicants awaiting graduation, official transcripts, or
GRE scores, according to the Graduate School policy for provisional

Non-Thesis Option:  Applicants meeting the minimum admissions requirements will be automatically accepted into the non-thesis option.

Thesis Option:  Student must have a faculty sponsor to be admitted
into the thesis option.  The faculty member must notify the graduate coordinator in writing that he/she will sponsor the thesis option student.

Graduate Assistantships:  To be considered for a graduate assistantship,
a student must be admitted to the Biology Graduate Program in regular or conditional status, provide three (3) letters of recommendation forms, and have a minimum GRE score of 300 (V+Q).


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. 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 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.



Next steps...

Graduate Catalog
The catalog outlines university policies, tuition and fees, extensive program and degree information. Click on the link below for catalog information specific to the program.

Biology, M.S.

Still have questions? 

Contact our program coordinator for more information:

Dr. Joydeep Bhattacharjee
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Hanna Hall 221D


ULM Graduate School
Sandel Hall Room 243
700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209

7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

(318) 342-1036