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Graduate Programs

Why should you pursue graduate work at WMU?

The department offers the following programs to allow students to choose what degree best fits their career goals.

Masters program

Master of Arts

The M.A. program is specifically designed for students who wish to continue their studies in the biological sciences but do not want to pursue a research-based career.  Although this program can be completed with no laboratory research experience it is possible for students to perform independent research with a faculty member should they desire some bench-top experience. 

The M.A. program is ideal for students who 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, students with exceptional records in non-academic areas that have academic deficiencies may be provisionally admitted and required to address their deficiencies during the first year in the graduate program. 

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Master of Science

The M.S. program is designed for students who to wish to pursue their studies past the B.S. with bench-top research experience to enhance their employment  options.  This program is ideal for those students who are looking to advance their education and be more competitive in the job market for academic and industrial positions or who desire research experience before applying to a professional school.

Candidates admitted for the M.S. program have a Graduate Record Exam score in each category of at least the 50th percentile with a GPA of 3.0.  However, students with exceptional records in non-academic areas that have academic deficiencies may be provisionally admitted and required to address their deficiencies during the first year in the graduate program. 

More information on the M.S. program

Doctor of Philosophy program

The Ph.D. program is designed for students who desire a terminal degree in the biological sciences.  The program offers a unique opportunity especially for students who wish to develop their teaching skills along with their critical reasoning and research skills. 

Graduates of the Ph.D. program have been competitive for positions at liberal arts colleges and community colleges and for fellowship positions at major research institutions.  

Candidates admitted for the Ph.D. program have a Graduate Record Exam score in each category of at least the 50th percentile with a GPA of 3.5.  However, students with exceptional records in non-academic areas that have academic deficiencies may be provisionally admitted and required to address their deficiencies during the first year in the graduate program.

More information on the Ph.D. program

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