M.S. in Biology
Build on your Biology base. Let the laboratory open opportunities to you in the fields of biotechnology, health sciences, ecology, botany, zoology and more.
The M.S. in Biology program serves those interested in advanced training in applied or basic biological research and teaching. Upon degree completion, students have:
- A strong understanding of disciplines across the breadth of Biology and a deep understanding of select sub-disciplines
- Developed the knowledge base necessary to critically evaluate research methods, data, and results, either produced by them or published in the primary literature
- Developed strong written and oral presentation skills
- Developed the analytical skills necessary to synthesize information in an area of research based on existing and new data
- Developed strong research design and laboratory/field research skills
The M.S. in Biology is broadly based, allowing students to tailor their courses to suit their interests. Faculty in the M.S. in Biology program have expertise in a range of sub-disciplines including Ecology, Organismal, Cell, and Molecular Biology.
General admission requirements
- Submit a completed application.
- Submit a non-refundable application fee accompanying the application. The application fee can be in the form of a check, money order or bank draft payable to Northeastern Illinois University. If paid in cash at the Student Payment Services Office, the receipt should be attached with the application package.
- Possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university or recognized international college or university.
- Provide current official transcripts. Transcripts and examination scores must be official and received in an envelope sealed by the sending institution or electronically via credential third-party transcript provider. Hand-carried transcripts will be considered official as long as they are delivered in the sealed envelope. Transcripts become the property of the University and cannot be released.
- Meet the requirements of the specific program to which they are applying.
International student requirements:
- Submit application for admission with a $30 application fee to the Admissions Office. We encourage students to apply online for faster processing.
- Submit current official copies of transcripts of schools attended within the United States. All transcripts from non U.S. colleges or universities must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) sent to the Admissions Office.
- Arrange to have official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to the Admissions Office. You must pass the written version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 (masters admission requires 550) or you must pass the computerized version of the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 173 (master admission requires 213) or the internet based test with minimum score of 61 (masters admission requires 79). The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL. An IELTS minimum score of 6 (masters admissions 6.5) is required.
- Masters applicants must also submit 2 letters of recommendation, statement of goals and objectives, and any additional documents required by the program.
- Your file will be reviewed for admission decision when the application, fee and all academic documents, such as transcripts and test scores are received. However, an I-20 will not be issued until the Requirements for I-20 Processing have been met.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.
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Required Courses for the Biology Major
- Essential Skills For Biologists
- General Biology I
- General Biology II
- Cell Biology
- General Genetics
- Writing Intensive Program:General Ecology
Five elective courses must also be taken. At least three courses must have a lab component. Four of these must be Biology courses, one of which must focus on plants and one must focus on animals. The fifth course may be in Biology, or can be a course from another department, as long as it has been approved by the Biology Department to count as an elective. Students should check with the Biology Department Office or their advisor for a list of approved courses. 18-20 cr. A maximum of three courses can be transferred to satisfy the Biology electives.
One capstone course must also be taken after a student has made substantial progress toward completing the major requirements.
Required Courses for the Biology Minor
- Essential Skills For Biologists
- General Biology I
- General Biology II
Three elective courses in Biology must also be taken, at least two of which must have a laboratory component
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.
Upon completion of the M.S. in Biology program students will have:
- A strong understanding of disciplines across the breadth of Biology and a deep understanding of select Biology sub-disciplines.
- Developed the knowledge base necessary to critically evaluate research methods, data, and results, either produced by them or published in the primary literature.
- Developed strong written and oral presentation skills.
- Developed the analytical skills necessary to synthesize information in an area of research based on existing and new data.
- Developed strong research design and laboratory/field research skills.
Graduates completing the Non-Thesis or Library Thesis options for the M.S. in Biology will meet goals 1-4. Graduates completing the Research Thesis option will meet all 5 goals.
The M.S. in Biology prepares you for careers such as:
- Biology technician, researcher or field scientist
- Biology instructor (community college level)
- Food scientist
- Forensic scientist
- Health sciences professional
About this institute
Northeastern Illinois University
Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is a public university that is more than 150 years old. It attracts students and faculty from over 100 countries. Its main 67-acre campus is a welcoming oasis located in a safe residential neighborhood on the...
Why study at Northeastern Illinois University
Located in Chicago, NEIU offers 75+ undergrad and masters programs, including excellent STEM programs, including pre-med, an AACSB accredited College of Business with a business incubator, and a nationally recognized Educational Leadership program. Google has partnered with NEIU's Computer Science Department. Other innovative programs include: Graphic Design BFA, Community Health BA, Early Childhood Education BA, Environmental Studies MA with GIS certification, Exercise/Sports Science MA, Gerontology, MA.
But what really makes NEIU a special place to study is we are a teaching university with a 13:1 student to faculty ratio which means not only will your professors will know who you are and your name, but many of them will give you a chance to do research with them, even undergraduate students regularly get this opportunity. A third of NEIU's faculty were born in other countries. Many were once international students so they will understand you.
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