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Biology M.S. (Thesis)

Offered by: Biology Department The Master of Science program in Biology, which awards a Purdue University degree, requires 30 credit hours of study beyond the baccalaureate level.

Why Choose This Program?

The M.S. Thesis program immerses the student in rigorous research experiences. Students graduating with M.S. Thesis degrees are highly successful in obtaining employment on campus or in local industry. Indianapolis is the major population center of Indiana and is home to several large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including Eli Lilly & Co., Roche Diagnostics Corporation, and Dow AgroSciences. These companies have provided high-paying jobs for many of our graduates.

IUPUI consistently maintains strong national rankings and has been identified as an Up-and-Coming National University and a Most Innovative School by U.S. News and World Report and other organizations. Situated in the heart of Indianapolis, IUPUI is an urban research and life and health sciences institution near five hospitals and Indiana University medical and dental schools.

Admission Requirements

The degrees are conferred through the Purdue University system, and entering students must meet the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate School of Purdue University and departmental requirements.

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Degree requirements

MS Thesis degree option is a research degree leading to a formal thesis. Students take a minimum of 9 credit hours of graduate level course work. Students may be required to take more than 9 credit hours of course work if there is research area or undergraduate course work deficiencies. The remainder of the 30 credit hours of registration is taken as Thesis Research (BIOL 698) and Seminar (BIOL 696), a one credit hour registration during which the student presents the results of the research prior to the thesis defense. This degree option is available primarily to full-time students and, in most cases, comes with a support package (see Financial Support).  Students should plan on spending two full years to complete this degree option.

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Application outcomes for M.S. programs

Students who meet the minimal expectations in all areas and are recommended for admission will be informed by email and letter.

GRE exam scores: a verbal score of 146, a quantitative score of 145, a combined total of verbal plus quantitative scores of 295, and 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the exam will be considered as meeting the minimal requirements. For those students who do not meet these minimal requirements a retake of the exam will be required in order to be reconsidered.For students taking the GRE exam after this date, a verbal score of 146, a quantitative of 145, and a combined total of 295 will be considered as meeting the minimal requirements. The minimum score of 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the exam remains the same.  For those students who do not meet these minimal requirements a retake of the exam will be required in order to be reconsidered.

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Placement success

Students graduating with M.S. Thesis degrees are highly successful in obtaining employment on campus or in local industry. Indianapolis is the major population center of Indiana and is home to several large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including Eli Lilly & Co., Roche Diagnostics Corporation, and Dow AgroSciences. These companies have provided high-paying jobs for many of our graduates.

Research

Areas of active research within the department include development, cell biology, ecology, biology teaching methods, forensic biology, stem cell biology, regeneration, neurobiology, renal physiology, DNA repair, and plant biology. Interdisciplinary research is common. Strong collaborations exist between our faculty and members of other departments of the School of Science, and with the School of Medicine.

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