MS Biology Program

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The Master of Science in Biology at Texas A&M-San Antonio aims to provide an advanced collegiate life science curriculum with broad coverage of common major topics within the discipline of biology. Successful students earning a master’s degree at A&M-San Antonio will solidify their appreciation for the diversity of living organisms, their understanding of basic biological processes and how biological science impacts the environment and society, and acquire knowledge of and experience with a variety of approaches used to study them.

Prerequisites
Students must have:
18 semester hours of undergraduate courses including: General Biology, General & Organic Chemistry, Biostatistics, Genetics, Evolution, Ecology, Cell Biology, Cell / Animal Physiology and/or Microbiology and an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00* or higher.

Or
A combination of the above disciplines, including 12 advanced semester hours in these disciplines and an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00* or higher.

The Department has the right to examine students’ prerequisites and to accept equivalent hours or to require additional work if necessary.

*Students falling below the GPA minimum are encouraged to apply. Students are evaluated holistically based on several criteria (see Application instructions and Required Documents)

Graduate Admissions Required Test Scores
GRE composite (Q+V) score* of 285 (score times 800 for tests taken prior to August 2011). The Department has the right to examine students’ prerequisites and to accept equivalent hours or to require additional work if necessary.

International applicants must demonstrate English proficiency by scoring a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based).

Texas A&M University-San Antonio GRE code is 6712

Please view the MS Biology curriculum and degree plans to learn how to fulfill the requirements.

For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Borda, eborda@tamusa.edu, Graduate Coordinators (Biology).

Application Instructions and Required Documents

  • Complete the GradCAS application and submit the appropriate fees and prepare/request the following required documents:
  • Official e-transcripts from all US institutions attended to be sent to GradCAS through their online order portal. If your institution does not have official e-transcripts available, they can be mailed to the GradCAS processing center.
  • International Students: Credentialing reports of transcripts from all foreign institutions can be sent electronically through the World Education Services (WES) link in the Academic History section of the application or by mail if using another credentialing agency. International applicants, please visit our International Affairs webpage for more information: https://www.tamusa.edu/internationalaffairs/international-students/applyingforadmission.html
  • Personal statement outlining the reason for applying for the Master of Science in Biology, career goals and research interests.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters from three references
  • Supplemental Information Form: We strongly encourage contacting potential faculty mentor(s) prior to applying to the program to ensure sufficient space in Faculty labs and compatibility of research interests. Please select up to three faculty members in ranking order of priority. For Thesis Track applicants this form will also be used to indicate if they would like to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship (see Application Deadline).

Application Deadlines (Domestic and International):

    Fall Entrance:
  • July 15th: Final deadline
  • Spring Entrance:
  • December 5th: Final deadline
  • Summer Entrance:
  • May 5th: Final deadline