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Biology – Graduate Degree

Degrees Offered: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Departmental Website: Biology Department

Program Description: The goals of the biology program are to teach students advanced topics and to provide them an experience in conducting original research (M.S.). This instruction prepares students for one of the following: teaching in secondary schools (M.A.Ed., M.A.T.) or community colleges (M.A.Ed.), working as professional biologists (M.S.), or moving on to doctoral programs (M.S.).

M.A.Ed. applicants must hold or be eligible to hold a North Carolina Class A teaching license, or a comparable license from another state, in the chosen field unless admission is sought to certain programs in which licensure is not a factor.
M.A.T. applicants must have an undergraduate degree in the major of the concentration and must meet the prerequisite requirements of the department housing the concentration. Candidates with an undergraduate degree in a major other than the MAT concentration may not qualify for the MAT and are subject to prerequisite course requirements as determined by the faculty in the department of the concentration. Prerequisite requirements will vary by department and depend on the credentials presented by the candidate. Pending satisfactory completion of state-mandated licensure requirements, the program leads to a recommendation for an initial and advanced license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.                   

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Location of Course Offerings: Cullowhee

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements 
    • GRE General Exam - combined score of 300  
    • Personal Interview - M.A.T. only
    • Candidates must hold an undergraduate major or minor in biology or other life sciences with appropriate supporting courses in other sciences
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in junior-senior level courses in the major
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • M.A.Ed. in Comprehensive Education - Biology applicants must hold or be eligible for the North Carolina "A" license in biology
    • MS in Biology applicants must submit (as part of the online application) a statement of research interest, including the names of two faculty whose research is of interest
    • M.A.T. applicants must submit evidence of individual research such as an undergraduate thesis or in-depth research paper.

Application Deadline: None

Prerequisites: None

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Sabine Rundle
Department of Biology



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