Dear Prospective Graduate Student,
Thank you for your interest in our graduate program in Biological Sciences. Our faculty have designed a program that will provide students advanced knowledge and training in biology. Graduates with an M.S. in Biological Sciences will be prepared to continue study at the Ph.D. level, to pursue careers in private industry, biotechnology or government affiliated labs, and/or to teach at the college level. In addition to course work, the student will participate in original research culminating in a written thesis, a thesis written defense, and a public presentation. Detailed information regarding the program is available in the graduate student handbook.
We are very excited about our program and are pleased that you are interested in joining us. Some of the special features of this program include:
Because our degree is research based, each student is paired with a faculty advisor in the area of their interests. Prospective students are highly encouraged to contact faculty members directly before applying to the program to discuss research opportunities. The ability of a faculty member to take on new graduate students changes frequently, and space may be limited in the program.
In order to pursue the Master of Science Degree in Biology, you must be accepted by both the University and the Department. Applications can be found at Cal State Apply and information on the University admission requirements can found at the Global Programs and Services website.
In addition to the prerequisites for entrance to CSUSM as a graduate student, our program requires the following: 1) a bachelor's degree in the biological or related sciences with minimum coursework similar to that required for our minor in Biological Sciences at CSUSM; 2) an undergraduate GPA in all completed science and math courses of at least 2.75 or a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 35 semester units of science and math; and 3) Scores from the General GRE test (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Analytical Writing) submitted by the application deadline.
The Departmental application deadline is February 15 for the following Fall Semester. The Biology Department does not have an open Spring admissions period, however exceptional requests for Spring admission will be reviewed by the Biology Department's Graduate Studies Committee. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Julie Jameson, for instructions.
Note: Applicants for Spring admission must get approval from the Biology Department’s Graduate Studies Committee prior to submission.
The statement of research interests briefly outlines your career goals and your research interests. Note any research you have been involved in as an undergraduate or in another context (e.g. jobs, internships). Please also specify which biological sciences faculty you would be interested to work with, and note if you have already contacted them (this is highly recommended). Your statement should be no more than one page, single spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins, and in pdf format.
The GPA calculation worksheet is used to calculate your GPA for all math and science classes taken as well as your GPA in these courses for the last 35 semester units: GPA Calculator (Excel Spreadsheet).
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. For a list of answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the Admissions website.
Julie Jameson, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Coordinator