MS in Biological Sciences

General

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Program Description

The Department of Biological Sciences offers graduate study leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Ph.D. degrees are available in Biological Sciences, Genomics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, and STEM Education. Advanced work may involve specialized training in the following areas:

  • aquatic biology
  • behavior
  • biology education research
  • cell biology
  • cancer biology
  • conservation biology
  • comparative biochemistry and physiology
  • developmental biology
  • ecology
  • endocrinology
  • evolution
  • evolutionary ecology
  • fisheries biology
  • molecular biology
  • plant biology
  • population biology
  • prairie pothole ecology
  • wildlife biology

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Student research and academic programs are tailored to individual needs and interests. Interdisciplinary approaches to biological problems are encouraged.

Research Facilities and Equipment

The department offers access to a range of equipment and facilities necessary for laboratory research, including greenhouses, animal rooms, growth chambers, tissue culture facilities, ultracentrifuges, spectrophotometers, electrophoresis, light microscopes, gas chromatography, GC-mass spectrometry, and high-performance liquid chromatography. Facilities are available for protein and DNA sequencing, oligonucleotide synthesis, interactive laser cytometry, scanning transmission, and electron microscopy, and confocal microscopy.

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Major Advisor

Applicants must identify a potential faculty advisor when they apply to NDSU Graduate School. Generally, the major advisor is active in the field of research specified by the applicant. View a list of faculty and their research interests here.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted with full status to the program, the applicant must meet all Graduate School admission requirements. Applications should be submitted directly to the Graduate School.

For full consideration for GTA or GRA positions, applications must be submitted by January 15. Applicants will not be considered without a department faculty member who has agreed to serve as the major adviser. Correspondence with one or more departmental faculty members before and during the application process is essential. 

Financial Assistance

Research assistantships and teaching assistantships are available. Applicants are considered on the basis of scholarship, potential to undertake advanced study and research, as well as financial need. A student must first be accepted by the Graduate School before consideration for financial assistance. Assistantships include a waiver of tuition.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant, research university with a graduate student population of about 2,000 across 75+ programs. Our students work with world-class faculty on innovative, and often in ... Read More

NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant, research university with a graduate student population of about 2,000 across 75+ programs. Our students work with world-class faculty on innovative, and often interdisciplinary, research. Additionally, our students have access to professional development opportunities, and events such as Three Minute Thesis. Our low tuition costs make NDSU a bargain, and our career outcomes are excellent. We are located in Fargo, ND – a Midwestern “hidden gem,” and a welcoming and vibrant community of about 230,000 with a unique rural-urban feel. We have a bustling entrepreneurial atmosphere; rich culture; great local fare, arts, and entertainment; and family friendly environment. Read less