Biology, M.S.

College of Science & Engineering

College of Science & Engineering

Biology, M.S.

The Master of Science in Biology is designed for graduate students who wish to become knowledgeable leaders and professionals with an in-depth education and specialized skills in the field of biology. This program promotes competency in the application of scientific methods of investigation to studies in biology with an emphasis on urban and coastal issues. Students develop a sense of creative independence that will allow them to practice in and contribute to a variety of professions and fields of scholarship.

Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
February 1 August 1 February 1 Not Offered

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall          Spring     Summer I  Summer II 
August 1 December 15 May 1 Not Offered

International Students:

Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall             Spring           Summer I     Summer II 
February 1 June 1 February 1 Not Offered

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall             Spring  Summer I       Summer II 
April 15 September 15 February 1 Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or university attended (International applicants will be required to submit relevant International transcripts)
  • Official GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
  • Essay (Up to 1000 words in length which includes educational and professional goals and the potential areas of interest)
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for international applicants from countries where English is not the native language. (Within two years of the date application)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applicants must contact potential advisors prior to and during the application process to discuss research opportunities in faculty member labs. A faculty member must be willing to serve as the chair of the applicant’s Graduate Advisory Committee and the applicant must include a summary of their discussions with faculty members in their essay. Applicants who do not have a faculty member willing to serve as their committee chair will not be admitted to the program.

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

International Applicant Requirements:

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5
Professional (Non-Thesis) Plan (36 semester hours)

BIOL 5102 - Graduate Defense Seminar 1 sem. hr.
BIOL 5397 - Directed Research 3 sem. hrs.
MATH 6315 - Statistical Methods in Research 3 sem. hrs.
Advanced Graduate-level Electives from BIOL, MARB, FAMA, ESCI, CMSS, ESCI, MATH, BIMS, GISC, CHEM, GSEN  in consultation with Graduate Advisory Committee. 29 sem. hrs. minimum
Thesis Plan (36 semester hours)

BIOL 5102 - Graduate Defense Seminar 1 sem. hr.
BIOL 5392 - Thesis Proposal 3 sem. hrs.
BIOL 5393 - Thesis Research 3 sem. hrs.
BIOL 5394 - Thesis Submission 3 sem. hrs.
MATH 6315 - Statistical Methods in Research 3 sem. hrs.
Advanced Graduate-level Electives from BIOL, MARB, FAMA, ESCI, CMSS, ESCI, MATH, BIMS, GISC, CHEM, GSEN- in consultation with Graduate Advisory Committee. 23 sem. hrs. minimum
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.
Teaching Assistantships, graduate research assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships may be available to graduate students admitted as degree-seeking students who maintain full time graduate student status (9 hours/fall and spring semesters, and 3 hours/summer). The completed Teaching Assistant Application (http://sci.tamucc.edu/students/gradfunding.html) and all other materials requested for evaluation should be submitted to the office indicated on that form. For full consideration, the deadline for submitting applications is February 1 for the following academic year. Faculty members conducting funded research projects often hire qualified graduate students as Research Assistants. Students should contact faculty members in their field of interest for information on these opportunities. Summer funding (3 mos.) is the responsibility of major advisor and/or student, and should be discussed early in the academic year.

Additional Information

  • Persons seeking admission to the program should first contact the program faculty and identify a faculty member, or members, willing to serve as the graduate supervisor, and the applicant must include a summary of their discussions with faculty members in their essay. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate supervisor. Faculty profiles are found at the program website: http://sci.tamucc.edu/member.php?who=all&program=biol.
  • If you would like to learn more about the Biology MS Program, please visit the Program website found at: http://sci.tamucc.edu/LSCI/BIOL/ms/index.html.
  • If you'd like to learn more about the College of Science and Engineering, please visit the College website.

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Kim Withers

6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5802
Office: 361.825.5907
kim.withers@tamucc.edu