Why Integrative Biology?
Integrative Biology is an emerging paradigm identified by the National Academy of Sciences. Because biological systems are so complex, solving life science problems requires linking concepts and information between disciplines and organizational scales. The curriculum of Kennesaw State's Master of Science degree in Integrative Biology (MSIB) advances understanding by providing integrative courses and experiences specifically designed to foster connections across the life sciences spectrum. This approach prepares our students as scientists well-equipped to address pressing issues in the biosciences.
Why Kennesaw State's MSIB?
Whatever your goals - further graduate study, admission to professional school, employment opportunities or career advancement - our program integrates core biological principles with the flexibility to tailor your education to your needs and interests. We've planned your core coursework to include not only the fundamental life science concepts but also practical aspects that will prepare you to function in the real world of science. Our students center their experience in a thesis focused on a specific research question, working with a thesis advisor they choose from a group of faculty members who work on a wide diversity of organisms including animals, plants, and microorganisms.
Your thesis advisor will be in the lab, or field, doing experiments with you, giving you the personal attention you need to succeed. With our well-equipped research facilities, external and internal research funding, and high-quality publication record, Kennesaw State's MSIB program offers a unique combination of 'big name' research excellence with 'small school' research mentoring, so you’ll be ready for your next step.
Investigate Financial Support
Most MSIB students that have been accepted into the program will be offered Teaching Assistantships for their first academic year ($12,000 stipend per nine months plus tuition remission) with the opportunity to apply for assistantships in the summer and in their second year of study. Links below list some other potential sources for financial aid:
- Peach State Bridges to the Doctorate Program.
- The program offers support for pursuit and completion of a degree in CSM's innovative research-based masters' programs and transition to doctoral programs at major research universities.
- The Clendenin Scholars Program.
- This program provides financial support for academically gifted students accepted into graduate degree programs at KSU. Master's students enrolled at KSU will be eligible to receive $15,000/year plus an annual tuition waiver for a maximum of 2 years.
KSU Financial Aid Options for Graduate Students
- Information on scholarships and loans.
Pathways to Science
- A project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) that pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and places particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources.
In addition, there are several other graduate programs with helpful websites for exploring sources of fellowships and scholarships such as the University of Minnesota’s Department of Plant Biology website. Good places to start are the web pages of professional societies in your subdiscipline of biology.
- Prior to final submission of materials for application, successful candidates will typically have conversed with (via email, telephone, or in person) at least one tenure-track faculty member in one of the Biology Departments (Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology or Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology) concerning potential thesis research projects and the willingness of the faculty member to accept graduate students.
- Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
- Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- GRE Score Report - Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU (school code 5359). No department code is necessary.
- Statement of Interests - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should indicate research area of interest, KSU faculty member that could potentially supervise research within your area of interest, career goals, and background information that may be relevant to succeeding in the MSIB program.
- Two Letters of Recommendation - Can be sent electronically through the online application. Should be from persons familiar with the applicant's potential to complete successful graduate work.