Graduate Programs

Master's Degree (MSc)

Time for completion of a Master's degree in the Department of Biology is approximately two years. The Master's program requires a total of 30 credit hours, 10-16 credit hours of which are course work, and 14-20 credit hours are research. The minimal coursework consists of:

1) Elective (3 credit hours)
2) Elective (3 credit hours)
3) BIOL887 (2 credit hours)
4) BIOL888** (2 credit hours)
5) BIOL 901 (14-20 credit hours)

**Students register in BIOL 888 at least twice for a total of 2 credit hours; however students are required to attend all BIOL 888 seminars that are offered when they are in residence. BIOL 888 is offered in the Fall and Winter semesters.

The Biology MSc program requires a minimum of two 3 credit hour courses (for 6 credit hours in total) in addition to the various seminar requirements (which officially count towards the "coursework"). The two traditional-type courses are a minimum requirement, and depending on the background preparation of the student additional courses may be needed. Unfortunately, the way that the Master's fee schedule is currently set up, any undergraduate courses (e.g. a 300-level course in Statistics) that a student may need cost additional money (this is an FGSR regulation).

Doctoral Degree (PhD)

Typically, the PhD program is entered following the completion of a Master's program, and requires approximately 5 years for completion. The PhD program consists of a minimum of 10 credit hours of course work and 50 credit hours of BIOL 901. The minimum course work will typically consist of:

1) BIOL 801 (3 credit hours)
2) BIOL 802 (3 credit hours)
3) BIOL 887 (2 credit hours)
4) BIOL 888** (2 credit hours)
5) BIOL 901 (50 credit hours)

**Students register in BIOL 888 at least twice for a total of 2 credit hours; however students are required to attend all BIOL 888 seminars that are offered when they are in residence. BIOL 888 is offered in the Fall and Winter semesters.

For PhD students, BIOL 801 must be completed within 12 months of the start of the program and BIOL 802 must be completed within 20 months of the start of the program.

MSc to PhD Transfer

In exceptional circumstances, a candidate may transfer into the PhD program without completion of a Master's degree. In these cases, the PhD program consists of a minimum of 16 hours of course work and 74 hours of BIOL 901. The minimum course work will typically consist of:

1) Elective (3 credit hours)
2) Elective (3 credit hours)
3) BIOL 801 (3 credit hours)
4) BIOL 802 (3 credit hours)
5) BIOL 887 (2 credit hours)
6) BIOL 888** (2 credit hours)
7) BIOL 901 (74 credit hours)

**Students register in BIOL 888 at least twice for a total of 2 credit hours; however students are required to attend all BIOL 888 seminars that are offered when they are in residence. BIOL 888 is offered in the Fall and Winter semesters.