Oct 28, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin

Biology - Cell and Molecular Biology Concentration, MS


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Program Code: MS_207B
CIP Code: 26.0101

Program of Study for the Master of Science in Biology


Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School ; official general GRE exam scores, unless waived; letter of intent; commitment from a Biology faculty member to chair the applicant’s thesis committee.

Additional Admission Requirements: Recommendations for the application should be written by persons familiar with the applicant’s academic performance. GRE Subject test is not required. Only qualified applicants may be considered for an exam waiver. Applicants are encouraged to contact the program director as early as possible regarding thesis research interests. 

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School . In addition, applicants must receive a minimum GRE analytical writing score of 4 to be considered for normal admission and assistantships. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.

Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam (GRE) requirement may be waived for qualified applicants who complete an interview (on-campus preferred, although video interview is acceptable) with the potential faculty adviser(s) and the graduate program director.

Accelerated Admissions Option: This program offers an accelerated admission option for undergraduate students currently enrolled at Appalachian State University.

Location: On Campus

Additional Information about Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility


Any standardized exam waiver for a graduate degree program at Appalachian State requires that applicants hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last earned degree (undergraduate or graduate; some programs have established higher GPA requirements). No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. Standardized test scores may be required for scholarship consideration.

Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Biology


Total Required (Minimum 33 Hours)


Concentration Requirements (21 or 25 Hours)


Other Requirements for the MS in Biology


  • Thesis: Required
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; awarded upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus
  • Comprehensive: A written comprehensive examination and an oral defense of the thesis
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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