• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
The program leading to the Master of Science in Biological Sciences from Wright State University provides students with the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in modern interdisciplinary biology in preparation for careers as professional biologists in industry, government, or education and research organizations or for further professional training.

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Instructional areas within the department consist of formal course work, laboratory research, and special topic seminars. In order to provide flexibility and an interdisciplinary approach, specific prerequisites for many graduate courses are not listed. However, areas of prior training are recommended for students in order to obtain maximum benefits. 

In addition, the other life science departments (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology) as well as the Departments of Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Psychology, and the College of Engineering and Computer Science, currently offer courses that support the biology program. A graduate in biology, therefore, may receive exposure to subjects in the field of specialization, in related biological fields, and in supporting disciplines outside the department.

Students may pursue an M.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Wright State University through one of two options. 

  • Option 1 requires the submission and oral defense of a thesis based on original research performed while enrolled as a graduate student at the university. Although there is little specific course work required for this option, candidates will be advised to enroll in graduate-level courses deemed appropriate for successful understanding of the research to be undertaken. 
  • Option 2 is a course work option that requires the successful completion of 30 semester credits of graduate-level course work, including a critical literature review, a laboratory rotation, and a final oral examination. The desired option can be elected by students only after consultation with the chair of the graduate committee. Consideration for electing the appropriate option must be given to the availability of research topics and advisors and to the student’s research and educational interests.

Accreditation

Wright State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Programme Structure

Areas of specialization available through the Department of Biological Sciences are:

  • Wetlands Restoration
  • Parasitology and Microbiology
  • Morphological and Molecular Evolution
  • Speciation and Ecological Genetics
  • Nuclear structure and Function
  • Virology and cell communication
  • Comparative & Ecological Physiology
  • Cellular Mechanism in Skin
  • Scientific Inquiry in Learning and Teaching
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Freshwater Ecosystems
  • Large-scale ecology, Conservation, and Forest Ecology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • To meet the minimum requirement for admission to the graduate program in biological sciences, applicants must fulfill the requirements for admission established by the Graduate School. 
  • In addition, a bachelor’s degree in the biological or biochemical sciences including course work in organic chemistry, physics, and calculus is strongly recommended. 
  • Admission preference is given to students with a grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 grading scale. 
  • Letters of recommendation and GRE General Test scores are also used in evaluating students for admission. 
  • MCAT and LSAT scores can substitute for GRE scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1125 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1125 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    660 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 660 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Dayton

  • 880 - 1360 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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