MS in Biology

American University of Beirut - AUB

Program Description

MS in Biology

American University of Beirut - AUB

The graduate program consists of an MS program in Biology and a PhD program in Cell and Molecular Biology.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants for graduate work. Requirements for an MS degree in biology consist of a minimum of 21 credit hours in biology courses numbered 300 or above and a (9 credit) thesis.

The following courses are core courses and should be taken by all Master’s students:

BIOL 310 (3 cr.), BIOL 315 (3 cr.), and BIOL 393 (1 cr.). Unless otherwise stated, only senior undergraduate biology majors with an average of 80 or above can register in biology graduate courses with the consent of instructor.

Program Requirements (PhD program)

A minimum of 36 credit hours of course work beyond the Bachelor’s program, or 18 credit hours of course work beyond the Master’s program, in addition to a 30-credit PhD thesis, are required. To fulfill course requirements, six required core courses (18 credits), in addition to elective courses are offered. Beyond the Bachelor’s program, each PhD candidate would register for four semesters of course work for an average of nine credit hours per semester. A maximum of 21 credit hours may be transferred from the Master’s work if considered within the scope of the program.

Upon admission into the program, each student will be assigned an academic adviser who will design the set of elective courses to meet the student’s research interests and career goals, and will advise if undergraduate courses are needed to rectify deficiencies. Each student’s course of study will be designed individually, in light of the student’s interests and career goals. All the duties of the academic adviser will be transferred to the student’s thesis adviser, who must be selected not later than the end of the first year for students entering with MS, and by the second year for students entering with BS.

The program incorporates the existing Master’s program and consists of core courses that address basic principles of cell and protein function, gene expression and two courses that introduce the students to basic research techniques and bio-statistics. In addition, elective courses are chosen towards the completion of the course requirements.


  • An undergraduate average of at least 80 percent (or standardized equivalent from other institutions of higher learning) in the major field of study and a cumulative average of at least 75 percent (or standardized equivalent) for all work done at the undergraduate level leading to a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from AUB or other recognized institutions of higher learning.
  • General GRE scores are required. Scores up to three years old will be accepted. No minimum test score is required, but departments may set minimum required scores.
  • At least two letters of recommendation.
  • A detailed statement of purpose (~400-500 words) for each choice (major or concentration) indicating the purpose for pursuing graduate study in the particular field at AUB, and specifying the applicant’s research interests and/or practical experience in the field.
  • Students from non-English-speaking countries must show proficiency in the English language. A score of 530 on the English Entrance Examination (EEE), or 583 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 250 on the computer-based TOEFL or 97 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 7.0 on the IELTS, or 147 on the Verbal Part of the GRE (or 410 if the GRE test was taken prior to August 1, 2011), or 25 on the Verbal Part of the GMAT exempts applicants who have been admitted from taking additional English language courses.
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  • English

Last updated October 4, 2016
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