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Biological Sciences, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #1084 (BCR) , MI,
The Master of Arts in biological sciences at Western Michigan University is a non-thesis coursework-based degree, distinct from our research-based Master of Science degree. Coursework covers diverse areas of biology, allowing you to enhance your breadth and depth of knowledge in biological concepts.

About

The M.A. program is specifically designed for you if you wish to continue your studies in the biological sciences but do not want to pursue a research-based career. This allows you to enhance your experience for promotion in industry or teaching jobs or for admission to professional schools. Although this program can be completed with no laboratory research experience it is possible for you to perform independent research with a faculty member should you desire some bench-top experience.The M.A. program is ideal for you if you are employed full time or are considering professional schools. Candidates admitted for the M.A. program have a Graduate Record Exam score in each category of at least the 50th percentile with a GPA of 3.0. However, if you have academic deficiencies but have exceptional records in non-academic areas, you may be provisionally admitted and required to address these deficiencies during the first year in the graduate program.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Eukaryotic Cell Biology 
  • Prokaryotic Cell Biology 
  • Animal Physiology 
  • Plant Physiology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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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).

General Requirements

  • Copy of passport identification page
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Complete high school or post-secondary education transcripts
  • $100 non-refundable application fee
  • Proof of sufficient funds for the first academic year of study at WMU according to estimated cost of attendance
  • A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required
  • This program requires the General GRE 
  • Three recommendations
  • Written statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15556 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15556 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    15556 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15556 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Kalamazoo

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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