Master of Arts in Biological Sciences

The Master of Arts in biological sciences at Western Michigan University is a non-thesis coursework-based degree, distinct from our research-based Master of Science degree. Coursework covers diverse areas of biology, allowing you to enhance your breadth and depth of knowledge in biological concepts.

The M.A. program is specifically designed for you if you wish to continue your studies in the biological sciences but do not want to pursue a research-based career. This allows you to enhance your experience for promotion in industry or teaching jobs or for admission to professional schools. Although this program can be completed with no laboratory research experience it is possible for you to perform independent research with a faculty member should you desire some bench-top experience.

The M.A. program is ideal for you if you are employed full time or are considering professional schools. Candidates admitted for the M.A. program have a Graduate Record Exam score in each category of at least the 50th percentile with a GPA of 3.0. However, if you have academic deficiencies but have exceptional records in non-academic areas, you may be provisionally admitted and required to address these deficiencies during the first year in the graduate program.

Admission

Application instructions

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 15 for consideration for admission in the following fall semester. The Department does not consider applications for admission in the spring semester. 

WMU has a new online graduate application system that allows all students (domestic and international) to submit required information into one system. General application information for the University, as well as specific requirements for individual programs, are captured into this system. 

Applicants are asked to include some program-specific information. Applicants are encouraged to bookmark this information for quick reference while working through the graduate application process. 

Apply now

If you have any questions, please contact the department at (269) 387-5624 or bios-gradadmissions@wmich.edu. Thank you for your interest in applying for this graduate program.

Course requirements

The graduate catalog lists the program requirements.

Financial assistance

There are several opportunities for you to obtain financial assistance. Teaching assistantships carry a tuition waiver and are available on a competitive basis for the fall and spring semesters. A limited number of summer session teaching assistantships are also available to outstanding students.

  • Information about additional assistantships and fellowships, special assistance for minority graduate students, tuition grants and research funds may be obtained from the Graduate College.
  • Information about student loans and other federal, state, and University need-based financial aid programs may be obtained from the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office.

The application deadline is Feb. 15 for departmental teaching and research assistantships and for most University fellowships, doctoral assistantships, Thurgood Marshall assistantships, professional tuition grants and other financial assistance.

Questions

Prospective students who have questions about our programs or the application process should contact Dr. Bruce Bejcek, graduate advisor.

Current graduate students at WMU who have questions should contact Dr. Silvia Rossbach, graduate advisor.

Student organizations

You may choose to participate in a student organization to enhance your academic experience and prepare for your professional career.