24 months
50 USD/credit 1500 USD/year
80 USD/credit 2400 USD/year
50 USD/credit 1500 USD/year
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The Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences offers students a master of science degree in biology.  Biology is offered at West Texas A&M University.


Department faculty provide opportunities for research (see below) which lead to a degree with thesis. A research-thesis program is recommended for those students planning to continue their education to the doctorate level or for students seeking a career that requires research training in biology. A non-thesis degree program is also available.

Research Concentration Areas

  • Aerobiology
  • Anatomy
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Entomology
  • Genetics
  • Herpetology
  • Arthropod Systematics and Ecology
  • Mammalogy
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Microbiology

Programme Structure

Thesis program:

  • Not less than 15 hours credit from 6000-level and above courses to include BIOL 6301 and 6302 (Thesis).
  • Not less than 18 hours credit from formal biology courses of which nine must be 6000 level (excluding BIOL 6301 and 6302).
  • Not more than 12 hours credit by transfer.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Determine if you meet the Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences minimum undergraduate course requirements:
    • Completion of a B.S. degree in Biology, Wildlife Biology, or related field.
    • Complete 15 -18 hours of undergraduate biology not including freshman level courses, with a minimum grade of a "C" in each course. Note that graduate supervisors (discussed in section 3 below) may individually require the successful completion of specific courses.
    • Possess a minimum GPA of a 3.0 in all biology and related science courses (typically Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math courses) including those at the freshman level.
  • All applicants must take the GRE exam.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    2400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 80 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    1500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Canyon

914 - 1694 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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