Professional School Transition Plan
The M.S. degree in biology typically requires two years for completion by full-time students. Occasionally students who begin the M.S. degree in biology are accepted to professional schools (medical school, dental school, veterinary school, etc.) before they can complete the degree. The Department of Biology offers an option for students who are accepted to professional school prior to completion of the M.S. degree that allows transfer of credits back to West Georgia for basic science courses completed as a part of the professional school curriculum. Students pursuing this option will typically pursue the non-thesis track, although under exceptional circumstances it may be possible for students to complete a thesis-track degree through this route. To qualify, students must complete at least 60% of their graduate course work at West Georgia, and must complete their comprehensive examination before beginning the professional school program. Official transcripts from the first year of professional school should be forwarded to the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Biology who will request application of appropriate courses toward completion of the M.S. degree. Contact the Department of Biology for additional details.