Sep 23, 2023  
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, M.A.

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This program is under review and not accepting applications at this time.

Master of Arts in Biology

Graduate Program Chair

Lisa Grimm, PhD

Graduate Committee

Emma L. Downs, PhD
Margaret Hoey, PhD
Christopher Cratsley, PhD


Program Objectives

The Master of Arts (MA) in Biology Program is designed to prepare the student for a career in biology, environmental science, or for advanced study in these fields.

Program Description

The MA in biology program offers a flexible program of study with both a thesis and non-thesis concentration. As students progress through the program, they will develop a strong scientific philosophy, apply sound scientific thinking to analyze biological issues in society, develop skills needed for employment within the field of biology, and expand the breadth and depth of scientific knowledge.

Admissions Standards and Criteria

Applicants to the MA in Biology Program must submit documents as outlined in the graduate admissions section as well as:

  • An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably with (but not limited to) a major or minor in biology or an allied discipline and at least two semesters each of chemistry, physics and mathematics

Notes: Applicants with inadequate preparation will be required to take prerequisite courses prior to admission. The students interested in the thesis option should contact a potential graduate advisor as part of the application process.

Program Requirements

The Masters of Arts in Biology Program has a thesis and non-thesis concentration. Each concentration provides the student with a solid investigative core balanced by content course work. During the first year each student completes a biology seminar during which the student’s writing and communication skills are evaluated. The thesis committee (comprised of the thesis advisor and at least two other graduate faculty) helps the student design a series of courses (electives) which aid them in successfully completing the thesis.


MA Program of Study

Required courses for MA in Biology

Total for Degree: 36 cr.


*27 hours reflects a non-thesis option.

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