Department of Biology
Master of Science in Biology
The research-intensive Master of Science in Biology degree program at Fresno State offers students the opportunity to excel in academics while establishing a productive record of their own scholarly research. The Biology Department is renowned on campus for the quality and impact of its programs, and we are proud to help train new generations of scientists who are capable of transforming their communities through teaching and research. Obtaining a Masters of Science in Biology prepares students to succeed in careers in education (teaching at the secondary and community college levels) and in industry and to pursue further study to obtain a Ph.D. or other professional degree.
The graduate curriculum reflects the diversity represented by the interests of faculty in the Department of Biology. This diversity enables Masters students to customize their program of study while ensuring that they receive exposure to a range of topics. Graduate courses communicate discipline-specific knowledge and also hone universal scientific skills, such as knowledge of modern techniques in the disciplines, critical thinking skills, and scientific literacy, writing, and presentation.
Graduate students in the Master's program select a thesis adviser primarily based on common interests. The thesis, however, represents the unique research interests of each student as guided by the research adviser and thesis committee.
Students completing the M.S. degree are prepared to a diverse array of career opportunities in the biological sciences including continuation to a Ph.D. degree. Training in the biological sciences provides opportunities in a range of employment sectors including government, industry, and education. Specific employment areas may include laboratory management, quality control, environmental management and conservation, the biotechnology industry, health care research, ecology, agricultural production and inspection, pest control, and marine sciences among others.
We are accepting applications for Fall 2024 admission. The deadline is April 30, 2024.
Prospective Graduate Students
- to enhance the student’s depth of understanding of selected topics in the biological sciences.
- to cultivate skills for acquiring knowledge in the life sciences, both for matriculation and life-long learning.
- to increase the student’s understanding of experimentation, observation and data analysis, and their application to defined questions in biology.
- to develop an awareness of available tools and fiscal limitations of conducting specific scientific endeavors.
- to enhance communication skills, both written and oral, for purposes of conveying biological information to both professional scientists and the lay public.
Our graduate students typically receive financial support for their studies in a number of ways, including:
- Teaching Assistantships (TAs) - contact the Chair of the Biology Department
- Research Assistantships (RAs) - contact individual faculty members
- Awards and Scholarships
- Research awards supported at the level of the College, University, and CSU System
- Financial Aid
- Division of Research & Graduate Studies
To be admitted into the Biology Department Master of Science program, students must first be admitted as a post-baccalaureate student at California State University, Fresno. Key requirements include:
- A bachelor's degree in biology (or the equivalent) is required. Applicants must have
official transcript(s) sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Attn: Graduate Admissions
5150 N. Maple Ave M/S JA57
Fresno, CA 93740
Electronic transcripts: email@example.com
*Unofficial transcript(s) need to be attached for preliminary review inside Cal State Apply
- 2.5 cumulative GPA or 2.5 GPA in the last 60 units.
- Applicants must submit a CV that highlights educational background, research experience/interest, teaching experience/potential, funding/awards. (Documents/“CV/Resume” section inside Cal State Apply)
- A personal statement (250 – 500 words) of why you want to pursue the Biology MS at Fresno State. The statement should include your choice of research lab, your field of research interest, and your proficiency/preparation for this field of study. (Documents/“Personal Statement” section inside Cal State Apply)
- A diversity statement (250 – 500 words) about how your personal background and life experiences inform your decision to pursue a graduate degree, and will contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within our campus community and your chosen biological field. (Documents/“Other” section inside Cal State Apply)
- You must secure your thesis advisor prior to acceptance into the MS program of Biology. Your thesis advisor shall be a faculty member in the Department of Biology or a member of Biology MS faculty group. (Thesis Advisor section inside Cal State Apply)
- Two recommendations (numeric evaluations & letters) (ideally from academic references) are required. (Recommendations section inside Cal State Apply)
Applicants meeting all the Departmental admissions criteria may be admitted as classified students. Should an applicant fail to meet some of these admission requirements, that applicant may still be admitted as a conditionally classified student. Visit the Division of Research & Graduate Studies website for more information on "Conditional" or "Classified" standing.
Current Graduate Students
Learn about what you should expect from the program as a graduate student.Students
This student handbook is designed to assist graduate students in the program.Handbook
Dr. David Lent (Graduate Coordinator)
Office: Science 1 #114A