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Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #753 (BCR) , OH,
The Biology Department Program at the University of Akron invites applications for Master's program in Biology, and PhD studies in Integrated Bioscience. Full support through teaching assistantships is available.

About

The University of Akron is a state university located in the heart of Akron, Ohio, next to the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). The Biology Department is composed of 19 full-time faculty members, approximately 17 Master’s students, 35 PhD students, and 550 undergraduates. It emphasizes collaborative and integrative research. Facilities include a live animal research center, 400 acre field station, and greenhouse. In summer 2009, the Biology department moved into a newly renovated facility with large research laboratories.

The Department has many areas of strength, including Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Physiology, Neurobiology, and Organismal Biology. Areas of interest for graduate research include: neurobiology, pollination biology, conservation biology, physiological ecology, life history evolution, mating systems, aquatic ecology, evolution in developmental processes, behavioral evolution, spider biology, biomedical research, bio-materials and biomechanics, developmental molecular biology and physiology, comparative biochemistry, and evolutionary biomechanics.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Principles of Biology
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    40 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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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

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in biology or  have equivalent training.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0=A) and a 3.0 average in biology (minimum 32 semester credit hours or equivalent).
  • Competence in chemistry and mathematics is expected.
  • Applicants must provide scores from any one or more of the following standardized tests: GRE (General Test), GRE (Biology-specific Test), or the MCAT.  Scores are expected to be above the 25th percentile to be competitive for admission.
  • Letter of interest indicating proposed area of specialization and possible advisers in the Department of Biology.
  • Letter from the potential Biology Adviser indicating willingness to sponsor the applicant.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    748 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 748 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    748 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 748 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    442 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 442 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Akron

  • 890 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

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