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Average Time to Complete: 4 semesters or 2 years

Application Deadlines
Fall semester: July 1 Spring semester: November 15 Summer semester: Does not admit

Biology, M.S.

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Biology offers a flexible curriculum that can incorporate courses from other Departments and Colleges at Georgia State.  Earning an MS degree in Biology can be a stepping stone to a career in the bio-sciences or in preparation for a further professional degree.

For individuals seeking more structure, the following concentrations are offered: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biology Medical Science, Cell and Molecular Biology and Physiology, Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry and Neurobiology and Behavior.  The MS is offered with a thesis option, which emphasizes research, and a non-thesis option, which emphasizes coursework. A complete description of the Master of Science program is found in the MS Policy Document and the University Graduate Catalog.

Biology, M.S.

Student in lab

Average In-state Cost:
Use our cost calculator to analyze your costs.

Average Time to Complete: 4 semesters or 2 years

Application Deadlines

Fall semester: July 1
Spring semester: November 15
Summer semester: Does not admit

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Biology offers a flexible curriculum that can incorporate courses from other Departments and Colleges at Georgia State.  Earning an MS degree in Biology can be a stepping stone to a career in the bio-sciences or in preparation for a further professional degree.

For individuals seeking more structure, the following concentrations are offered: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biology Medical Science, Cell and Molecular Biology and Physiology, Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry and Neurobiology and Behavior.  The MS is offered with a thesis option, which emphasizes research, and a non-thesis option, which emphasizes coursework. A complete description of the Master of Science program is found in the MS Policy Document and the University Graduate Catalog.

1. Required Prerequisite Courses. The credit hours in this section will not count toward the Master’s Degree. The student MUST take the following prerequisite courses, or have taken equivalent courses at the undergraduate level (subject to review by MBMS committee) and received a grade no lower than a B in the following:

  • Biol 7800 Cell Molecular Biology (3)
  • Biol 7240 Applied Medical Physiology (3)
  • Biol 7250 Human Physiology Lab (1)

NOTE:  If these prerequisites are lacking, candidates may still be accepted into the Biology Master’s program under a Conditional Status.  Upon completion of courses, with a grade no lower than a B-, students may be formally accepted into the MBMS concentration.  Students can take other graduate courses concurrent with these prerequisite requirements. If students fail to meet this condition, they will be terminated from the program.

2. Required Seminar Courses (2 CH)

  • Biol 8700 Graduate Seminar (1CH)
  • Biol 6970 Biology Seminar (1 CH) is a requirement the FIRST semester.

3. Premed Science Elective Courses (28 hours). Choose from the following:

  • Biol 6687 Surgical Anatomy (4)*
  • Biol 6246 Advanced Human Physiology (4)
  • Biol 6428 Medical Microbiology (4)
  • Biol 6115 Medical Neurobiology (4)
  • Biol 6102 Neurobiology (4)
  • Biol 6278 Immunology (4)
  • Biol 6074 Developmental Biology (4)
  • Biol 6240 Endocrinology (4)
  • Biol 6686 Pathophysiology (4)
  • Biol 6685 Functional Histology (4)
  • Biol 6282 Tumor Immunology (4)
  • Biol 6284 Medical Biochemistry (4)
  • Biol 6248 Cell Physiology (4)
  • Biol 6675 Virology (4)
  • Biol 6930 Special Topics (4) *must get pre approval from MBMS director
  • Biol 6800 Advanced Cell Biology (4)
  • Biol 6241 Hormones and Behavior (4)
  • Biol 6580 Microbial Pathogenesis (4)
  • Bio 6545 Bioethics (4)

*Physician’s Assistant Admissions require 4 credit hours of a physiology and lab course and 4 credit hours of an anatomy course/lab.  Biol 7240/7250 and Biol 6687 Surgical Anatomy would meet these requirements.  Check with your institution to verify prerequisite requirements as these may differ.

4. Additional Elective Courses (6 hours). Choose from the following:

  • GERO 7200 Health and the Older Adult (3)
  • GERO 8320 Psychology of Aging (3)
  • PH 7011 Intro to Epidemiology (3)
  • Biol 7021 Infectious Disease and Society (3)
  • HA 8160 Intro to Health Care System (3)
  • HA 8190 Health Policy & Ethics (3)
  • NUTR 6500 Macronutrients (3)
  • NUTR 6700 Micronutrients (3)
  • NUTR 7200 Nutrition and Disease (3)
  • Biol 6744 Biostatistics or PH 7017 Fundamentals of Biostatistics (3)
  • Chem 6610 Biochem II  (3)
  • SNHP 6010 Medical Terminology (3) online course

In emergency situations where no other course option exists, or seats are full, the program directors may waive a course substitution.  This is subject to pre-review by the MBMS Director.  ALL MBMS course requirements must be fulfilled prior to matriculation into medical school.

5. Capstone Courses (4 hours)

  • Biol 8888 Non-thesis Masters Research project (2-4 CH)

OR

  • Biol 6916 Clinical Internship (2 CH) * this course has a prerequisite of Biol 6687 and Biol 6686.  Plus 2CH of Biol 8888.
  • A strict minimum GPA of 3.30 (both cumulative and science). Scores below this cut off WILL NOT  BE  REVIEWED.
  • A minimum GRE score in the 40th percentile in all three categories, or a minimum MCAT score of 480.  DAT scores are not accepted.
  • Upload ALL Official Transcripts of past academic performances.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores (International Students only)
  • Completion of all of the premed prerequisites required by medical schools:
    One year of General Biology with labs,  one year of Physics, one year of English, and two years of Chemistry with labs (inclusive of Organic Chemistry) with a grade of C or better.  Most applicants have grades of B or better.  These cannot be online courses.
  • At least three letters of recommendation–two of which need to be from professors.
  • Select the concentration in Medical Science as your first choice
  • Complete Biol 7240, 7250 and 7800 with a grade no lower than a B.  Many applicants do not have these prerequisite premed courses, yet may be accepted into MBMS under CONDITIONAL STATUS with the contingency of completing these courses their FIRST semester of graduate school.  Candidates can take other graduate courses, but before they are formally accepted into MBMS, they must complete these prerequisite courses.  If comparable courses were taken as an undergraduate, they may be accepted as a substitution; however, this is subject to the discretion of the MBMS directors. Conditional students who do not fulfill the specifications of their acceptance, will be terminated from the MBMS program.

Details for additional concentrations are below:

– Applied and Environmental Microbiology (Non- Thesis)  (Thesis)
Bioinformatics
Biotechnology
Cellular & Molecular Biology (Non- Thesis)
Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
Neurobiology & Behavior
Medical Science
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Contacts

Tameka Hudson
Master’s Coordinator
Phone: 404-413-5314
tfhudson@gsu.edu

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