M.Sc. On Campus

Biological Sciences - Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics

12 months
838 USD/credit 25140 USD/year
838 USD/credit 25140 USD/year
404 USD/credit 12120 USD/year
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The Biological Sciences - Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics students, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows that comprise the Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics (BEES) section at Illinois State University focus on research questions that range widely over the disciplines of ecology, evolution, behavior, physiology, and systematics.


About this Degree

We emphasize an integrative, collaborative approach to research not only among the members of the Biological Sciences - Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics section, but also with members of the other sections in the School and with faculty and students at other universities.

Research within the BEES at Illinois State University is conducted across different levels of biological organization, from genes to individuals, populations to communities. We address fundamental questions concerning the nature of evolutionary change, interactions between organisms and their environment, the distribution and abundance of living things, and the conservation of organisms and restoration of their ecosystems.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

  • Biostatistics Laboratory

  • Evolution

  • Hormones, Brain And Behavior

  • Plant Diversity

  • Stream Ecology Lecture

  • Population Ecology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. 
  • The first step in the application process is to ask about working in a lab. We do not admit graduate students unless they have at least one faculty member who is willing to have them in their lab.
  • You must have a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master’s program.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Statement of Academic and Professional Goals
  • Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 838 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    25140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 838 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12120 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 404 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Normal

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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