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Biology is an exciting and dynamic field focusing on the study of living things and the environments they inhabit. Students completing Master of Science (M.S.) degrees from Grand Valley are successfully employed in private consulting, government, teaching, and Ph.D. positions.
The M.S. in biology is a versatile program that allows students to achieve individual goals while serving a diversity of student interests. Students have the opportunity to pursue graduate programs in broad areas such as population genetics, organismal biology, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, and natural resources.
As a focus for these M.S. programs, we offer internship, project, and
thesis opportunities. Optional emphases are offered in natural
resources and aquatic sciences.
The M.S. in biology is a highly individualized program of study. All program plans will include the following three components:
Just as the field of biology is broad, so is the list of career possibilities for biologists. Many biology careers involve the environment, fisheries and wildlife, and laboratory research. For examples please contact the department.
Visit gvsu.edu/biology for details.
The M.S. in Biology degree at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual biology postings.
Source: EMSI, 2020
Deadline for graduate assistantship consideration for fall semester is January 15. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit gvsu.edu/gradapply/.
The Biology Graduate Committee will begin reviewing applications in January for admission during the following fall semester.
Additional information about the program and requirements can be found here.
“The master's biology program has more than adequately prepared me for the continuation of my academic and professional career. Grand Valley’s size and programs are such that students get individual mentoring and learning experiences with their advisors and other faculty members.”
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