Master of Science in Biological and Physical Sciences
Admission Requirements Applications will be accepted from students with a wide range of backgrounds. Admissions
standards are high since M.S. candidates will compete with Ph.D. candidates for a limited number of positions. Application
may be made through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the applicant must apply to one of the sponsoring departments
or programs (biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, microbiology, molecular physiology and biological physics, neurosciences,
and pharmacology). In general, applications must be complete by October 15 for a January admission and by April 15 for a
All applicants must:
a. have completed an undergraduate degree program (four years or equivalent);
b. submit results from the GRE and MCAT;
c. provide a minimum of two letters of recommendation from someone familiar with their academic or scientific qualifications;
d. submit a brief statement of their reasons for seeking an advanced degree and their career plans; and
e. may need to demonstrate research experience.
Degree Requirements Each student must complete successfully not less than 24 credits of graduate courses while regularly
enrolled as a graduate student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. No transfer or extension credits may be counted. A core of
four courses (BIOC 503, MICR 811; GSAS 812; and GSAS 710) is required of each degree candidate. The core is generally completed during
the first semester of graduate work but may be spread over no more than two years. All candidates are expected to participate in a
colloquium, seminar, or journal club series each semester during their first two years in the program (4 credits total). Seminar series
and elective courses should be selected based on the student's needs and interests.
All candidates are expected to complete a written research paper and to make a satisfactory standing in a final oral presentation of
that paper before an examining committee of two or more faculty members designated by the program in which the candidate is working.
The results of the examination, with the names of the examiners, must be reported to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in
accordance with GSAS guidelines.
All work for the master's degree must be completed within five years from the time of admission if the work is done primarily in the
regular academic session, and within seven years if the work is done wholly or primarily in summer sessions. In special cases, upon
approval of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, out-of-date work may be revalidated by the examining committee.