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Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biology

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree consists of 30 hours of formal class credit, at least half of which must be from courses numbered above 499. Course descriptions are available on the departmental website. The M.A. degree does not require thesis research.

M.S. and M.A. students may petition to take up to 8 credit hours of biology-related courses from other JCU departments.

Students accepted to the biology M.A. program pay tuition as self-funding students (M.A. students generally are not eligible for G.A. positions). They do not conduct thesis research, but degree requirements will include coursework and passing a comprehensive exam. M.A. students are required to have an academic advisor (typically the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Biology) who will help the student to define a course sequence that meets the needs and objectives of the student. This advisor will also help the M.A. student to determine which other faculty will comprise the examination committee.

Program Requirements

For specific details on the M.A. program, including a course list, visit the JCU Graduate Studies Bulletin.

Post-Baccalaureate Students

The M.A. program is appealing to students who are interested in exploring post-baccalaureate education, or who are non-matriculated students that desire to take only a few courses.

Prerequisites for Medical School

Many of our MA students live in the region and are taking classes to complete prerequisites for other graduate and professional programs, such as medical and dental school.