24 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Zoology Department at Southern Illinois University offers a M.S. degree program that emphasizes original research and advanced training in ecology & ecosystem studies, environmental toxicology, genetics, evolution & population biology, fisheries & aquaculture, wildlife administration & management and wildlife ecology & management.


The M.S. degree in Zoology entails a balance of advanced coursework and the completion of a thesis based on the results of original research.


Research is an essential component of graduate study in Zoology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. For the M.S. and PhD degrees, we keep coursework requirements to a minimum. This allows our students to acquire hands-on experience and expertise in their chosen specialty through intensive and original research. Learn more about areas of specialization and connect with faculty by selecting an area of research emphasis:

  • Ecology and Ecosystem Studies
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Fisheries Biology and Aquaculture
  • Genetics, Evolution and Population Biology
  • Wildlife Administration and Management
  • Wildlife Ecology and Management

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Systematic Zoology
  • Herpetology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Limnology
  • Plant-Insect Interaction
  • Genome Evolution
  • Ornithology
  • Entomology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Evolutionary Biology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

For admission to a Master's program:

  • 2.7 (on a 4.0 grading scale) on approximately the last two years of your Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 on all previous graduate coursework
  • Online application
  • Proof of funds (bank statement or letter from financial institution) is required to complete your application process.
  • English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 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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