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Biological Sciences

Marshall University

12 months
21434 USD/year
21434 USD/year
8882 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Biological Sciences from Marshall University is based on advanced coursework and may include a smaller research project. Biological Sciences majors in the Master of Arts program do not write a thesis, but a passing grade on a comprehensive oral exam is required.


Biological Sciences from Marshall University offers several paths that are more flexible than the full-time Master of Science (MS) track so students can enter labs and gain technical and intellectual experience. Research experience is one of the strongest aspects of a CV or resume when applying for professional schools and many jobs.


A master’s in biology prepares Marshall graduates to directly enter the workforce as a natural resource or lab technician; complement professional degrees in law or education; or open the way to other educational positions. The MA in Biological Sciences degree also can prepare graduates to enter highly competitive PhD programs to lead the next generation of scientific discovery or secure admission to professional schools.

Recent Master of Arts in Biological Sciences graduates from Marshall have taken jobs with the Environmental Protection Agency, state agencies, state and national parks, technical and analytical labs in universities and the private sector, and in high school education. Marshall graduates have entered professional programs including medical, veterinary and dental schools. Obtaining an MA degree before entering professional school can greatly increase an applicant’s competitiveness.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Organismal, Evolutionary and Ecological Biology
  • Watershed Resource Sciences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references;
  • a written statement of educational and professional goals that identifies a member of the graduate faculty from either the Department of Biological Sciences or Department of Natural Resources and the Environment willing to serve as the student's advisor (250-500 words);
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Applicants must specify that official test scores are to be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions office.
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and an average GPA of 3.0 on a 4.O scale in all biological sciences courses. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10717 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    21434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10717 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    8882 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4441 USD per semester during 12 months.

Metro Residents: $7873

Living costs for Huntington

621 - 1035 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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