Master of Science in Biology

At UWG, students in our M.S. program are part of a tight-knit and supportive community. Our program allows you to create a custom plan of study based on classes that span many biological subdisciplines. As a thesis-track student, you will work closely with your faculty advisor to pursue cutting-edge research. Our newly renovated and expanded building houses state-of-the-art research labs, technology-enhanced classrooms, and graduate student offices.


Many alumni from our program have pursued advanced degrees or worked in the government and private sectors. Employers of alumni include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Transportation, University System of Georgia, clinical trials, and various environmental contractors.

On left, student performing fileld research. On right, student performing lab research.The M.S. in Biology program offers two tracks that allow students to pursue different career goals. Our thesis track prepares students to work in research and academic careers with government agencies, universities, environmental consultants, and laboratories. Thesis track applicants should contact potential faculty mentors prior to applying to the program. Our non-thesis track is geared toward students that want to expand their biological knowledge primarily through coursework in preparation for teaching, industry, or professional degree programs (medical or veterinary schools). To apply to our program or view admission requirements and deadlines, visit UWG Graduate Admissions. Program specific questions should be directed to our graduate program coordinator, Dr. Melissa Johnson.

Program Requirements:


Thesis Track for the M.S. in Biology


BIOL 5000/6000 seven, 3-credit graduate courses in Biology
BIOL 6984 Graduate Seminar (four, 1 credit per semester)
BIOL 6983 Graduate Research, 9 credits minimum
BIOL 6999 Thesis, 2 credits
Total 36 credit hours
A combination of 5000-level and 6000-level courses may be used to complete graduate degree requirements, but at least 18 credit hours of the degree program should be at the 6000 level. A topic for thesis research should be identified before the end of the second semester of the degree program. The degree candidate should submit a brief thesis proposal to the advisory committee at this time and schedule a thesis defense before the end of the last semester of the degree program. The advising committee may approve up to two course substitutions from departments other than biology if such substitutions are appropriate to the research interests or career goals of the student.

Non-thesis Track for the M.S. in Biology

BIOL 5000/6000 ten, 3-credit graduate courses in Biology
BIOL 6984 Graduate Seminar (four, 1 credit per semester)
BIOL 6995 Comprehensive Exam (2 credits)
Total 36 credit hours
A combination of 5000-level and 6000-level courses may be used to complete graduate degree requirements, but at least 18 credit hours of the degree program should be at the 6000 level. The comprehensive examination will be administered by the advisory committee before the end of the last semester of the degree program.

Happy students at graduation.