Mississippi College

The Master of Science in Biology (Biological Sciences) program is designed to prepare students for a career in private industry or for continued graduate study. This degree meets the requirement for Class AA Standard Educator License provided that the student already has a Class A Standard Educator Lincense.


All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met. 24 hours of undergraduate work in Biology is required.


  1. Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work with at least one half the hours being 6000 level. 21-30 graduate hours must be in Biology. Up to 9 hours can be taken in mathematics, chemistry and/or physics. Students who are using this degree to meet the requirements for Class AA Standard Educator License may take EDU 6535 (3 hrs) and EDU 6504 (3 hrs) as part of their 30 total hours.
  2. Students who wish to do the thesis option must complete Bio 6563 (Thesis I, 3 hrs) and Bio 6564 (Thesis II, 3 hrs). In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the MS in Biology must take an oral comprehensive examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. If applicable, the oral exam will also include a defense of the thesis. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be taken once in the following semester or summer term.

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