M.Sc. On Campus


Western Carolina University

24 months
20438 USD/year
20438 USD/year
10030 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Western Carolina University’s Biology Department offers a Master of Science in Biology that will prepare students for careers as research biologists, educators, doctoral studies or one of many other possibilities in this diverse and cutting-edge industry. 


Key facts:

  • Biological research is expanding our understanding of disease, the natural environment, the human body and other parts of our world. This work is pioneering discoveries that will change the way we see the world, treat disease and understand complicated relationships existing in our ecosystems. This research is creating new career opportunities in the field of biology.
  • Western Carolina University’s graduate-level Biology program gives students the chance to study courses like molecular biology, ecological genetics and microbial ecology while working toward completion of a thesis. The Biology Department has advanced research technology, an herbarium with more than 25,000 species and state-of-the-art lab equipment. It is also home to the Southern Appalachian Biodiversity and Ecology center, a collaborative organization focused on ecology and biotic diversity in the western region. WCU is also located near the Wolf Creek Biological Preserve, Highlands Biological Station, Blue Ridge Parkway and three National Forests proving a truly immersive research experiences for students.
  • WCU is proud to have its Biology graduate alumni working at a range of universities, research facilities, high schools and medical facilities across Western North Carolina and the world. The graduate program prepares students for jobs working in national forests as environmental managers; as educators at universities, museums and zoos; conducting field research in exotic locations and a number of other exciting possibilities. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states the average salary for biochemists and biophysicists is $81,480 and the average salary for zoologists and wildlife biologists.

Programme Structure

Biology curriculum include:

  • Seminar in Biology
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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One Week Prior to the Start of Term


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts: Applicants who earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an accepted foreign credential evaluation service
    • Standardized Tests: GRE, GMAT, or other standardized test results
    • Language Proficiency: Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required for applicants from countries where English is not the primary language. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20438 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10219 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    20438 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10219 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10030 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5015 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Cullowhee

900 - 1400 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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