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Graduate Programs

Grad Students

As a Master’s student in the Department of Biology at UNI, you will be surrounded by students and faculty curious about life and passionate about advancing scientific knowledge through research.  Like all of our graduate students, you will receive individualized mentoring from a faculty member who will help you pursue your research interests.  Over 20 Biology faculty supervise thesis research projects in the fields of Anatomy and Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology.  Facilities and resources in support of cell, molecular, and biomedical research include a tissue culture facility, CT scanner, flow cytometer, and specialized (fluorescence, confocal and scanning electron) microscopes.  Students with research interests in ecology and conservation benefit from strong partnerships with the Tallgrass Prairie Center and UNI Botanical Center and access to the UNI Biological Preserves System.  Graduates of our program are well-prepared for PhD programs in the life sciences and / or successful careers in healthcare, scientific research, education, and natural resource management.

 See UNI Scholarworks for recent Biology M.S. thesis topics

  

Admissions

Students applying for admission to the Graduate College for degree status should consult the Graduate College Website for a full description of forms and procedures.

Minimum Requirements for Admission to the Department of Biology Graduate Program
  1. A student must have a Department of Biology faculty member willing to serve as his/her graduate advisor.
  2. A 3.0 (or higher) overall undergraduate grade point average is required for admittance to degree status. Students who have a 2.5 to 2.9 GPA may be admitted to provisional degree status depending on other indicators of academic potential.
  3. A student must have demonstrated potential to succeed in graduate studies (performed well in upper division science coursework, previous research experience, work experience in a scientific discipline, etc.).
  4. A student must have three favorable letters of recommendation.

Procedure for Application to the Department of Biology Master of Science Graduate Program for U.S. Residents.
  1. Explore the research programs of faculty members in the department and discuss the possibility of working on your graduate degree with several faculty members.  One must agree to work with you in order for you to be admitted to the program.
  2. All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Apply for the Biology-MS program through the "Apply" link on the UNI Graduate College Prospective Students website.  Three letters of recommendation and an Applicant Statement will be submitted as part of the application process.
  4. Learn about financial aid for graduate students through the "Financial Aid" link on the UNI Graduate College Prospective Students website.  There are two forms that our students usually fill out, one to apply for a Graduate Assistantship and one to apply for a Graduate College Tuition Scholarship  Complete the form(s) and save as PDF.  Then email to Megan.Kaisand@uni.edu.  For assistance with these forms, contact Megan.Kaisand@uni.edu.
  5. Applications are considered on a rolling basis for both fall and spring admissions, but applications for financial aid are due by February 1 for full consideration.

Procedure for Application to the Department of Biology Master of Science Graduate Program for International Students.
  1. Explore the research programs of faculty members in the department and discuss the possibility of working on your graduate degree with several faculty members.  One must agree to work with you in order for you to be admitted to the program.
  2. International graduate students must have matriculated from a four-year undergraduate academic program with results equivalent to a 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale.
  3. A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 6.5 (IELTS) or 79 (iBT) or higher for applicants whose first language is not English.
  4. Apply for the Biology-MS program through the "Apply" link on the UNI Graduate College Prospective Students website.  Three letters of recommendation and an Applicant Statement will be submitted as part of the application process.Three letters of recommendation and an Applicant Statement will be submitted as part of the application process.
  5. Learn about financial aid for graduate students through the "Financial Aid" link on the UNI Graduate College Prospective Students website.  There are two forms that our students usually fill out, one to apply for a Graduate Assistantship and one to apply for a Graduate College Tuition Scholarship  Complete the form(s) and save as PDF.  Then email to Megan.Kaisand@uni.edu.  For assistance with these forms, contact Megan.Kaisand@uni.edu.
  6. Applications are considered on a rolling basis for both fall and spring admissions, but applications for financial aid are due by February 1 for full consideration.

Biology Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Mark Myers, Email: mark.myers@uni.edu