Biology- Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Certificate

For information, contact:
Chair of Graduate Advisory Committee
Department of Biology
212 Pearson Hall, 513-529-3100
http://MiamiOH.edu/cas/academics/departments/biology/academics/graduate-studies/index.html

Research and Support Facilities

The department has outstanding laboratory facilities that are supported by the university, as well as grants from a variety of agencies and foundations including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Facilities include DNA sequencing, synthesizing, and analytical equipment and specialized equipment for cellular, developmental and neurophysiological research, including electron microscopy and confocal laser facilities.

Miami University is located near excellent sites for field studies in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The university's Ecology Research Center located two miles from campus has more than 200 acres devoted to a wide range of research projects in behavior, ecology, and environmental biology. In addition, Hueston Woods State Park and other nearby field sites are readily available to faculty and students.

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on evaluations submitted by the departmental, the Graduate School, and (where applicable) the International Programs Office. Applicants for the Master of Science and Doctoral programs are required to make contact with and identify a prospective major advisor.

For the Master of Science and Doctoral Programs

All application instructions can be accessed through the Miami University Graduate Studies website (http://www.miamiOH.edu/graduate-studies/admission/)

A complete application must include the following:

  1. Submit your application, pay the application fee, and submit all supplemental materials (numbers 2-7 below) electronically: (http://www.applyweb.com/apply/MiamiOHg/index.html).
  2. Official copies of transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work. Unofficial transcripts should be submitted with your application (with your name and institution clearly indicated). If admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript for each degree earned.
  3. An official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. You may apply before completing the GRE, but your application will not be reviewed until an official score report is received.
  4. For most international applicants, an official copy of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is also required.
  5. Resume.
  6. Three letters of recommendation.
  7. Personal Statement - a letter outlining professional goals, research interests, and potential faculty advisor(s). We encourage you to contact individual faculty members with whom you share a research interest (email links available on our web site: (http://biology.MiamiOH.edu) prior to submitting your application. To be admitted, you must identify at least one faculty member that is willing to serve as your advisor.

For more information about requirements, admission, and program description go to Biology Department Graduate Programs.

General Requirement: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

As a part of their professional training, all M.S. and Ph.D. candidates must perform departmental teaching and/or research.

Requirements: Master's Degree Programs

Biology- Master of Science

  1. Incoming students are expected to have completed a bachelor's degree and should have a broad course background in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics or statistics. A student may be required to complete undergraduate courses as part of his/her program of study.
  2. Complete a pedagogy workshop upon entry to the graduate program, prior to assistantship duties, and complete an introductory seminar (BIO 601) during the first fall semester in residence.
  3. Complete at least 30 semester hours of graduate work including:
    1. at least 9 hours of formal course credit,
    2. at least three seminars, and
    3. six to 12 hours of thesis credit in biology. Not more than 10 semester hours of transfer credit can be applied to the degree. A course of study must be approved by a committee of graduate faculty during the first year in residence.
  4. Pass an oral defense of your thesis proposal, approved by a committee of graduate faculty.
  5. Conduct a research project approved by a committee of graduate faculty and present the project as a written thesis and in a public seminar.
  6. Pass an oral examination in defense of your thesis, approved by a committee of graduate faculty.

In addition to the general requirements described above, M.S. students may be eligible for a certificate in Ecology by taking additional specific formal coursework. See the field of study listings in this Graduate Bulletin titled Ecology-Certificate for more details regarding requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy/Biology

In addition to the general requirements specified by the Graduate School, you must:

  1. Fulfill all requirements specified for the Master of Science in Biology and any further courses specified by your graduate advisory committee. Doctoral students are expected to participate in graduate seminars throughout their program, are expected to participate in departmental teaching as part of their professional development, and are required to complete at least 30 semester hours of dissertation credit (BIO 850). A course of study must be approved by a committee of graduate faculty during the first year in residence;
  2. Demonstrate adequate knowledge of biology and related areas by successfully passing a written and oral comprehensive examination administered by a committee of graduate faculty;
  3. Pass an oral defense of your dissertation proposal, approved by a committee of graduate faculty;
  4. Conduct a research project approved by a committee of graduate faculty and present the project as a written dissertation and in a public seminar;
  5. Pass an oral examination in defense of your dissertation, approved by a committee of graduate faculty.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Arts in Biology Program

Incoming students are expected to be over the age of 18 and have completed a bachelor's degree. Students admitted to the program who have not completed at least one university-level life science course or its equivalent will need to complete one of several options (determined by the MA graduate committee) for basic biology content as part of the Master's degree program. Applicants should submit application materials and two letters of recommendation at the following websites:

Applicants should send to the Graduate School:

  1. the Graduate School application form and application fee and
  2. official transcripts of all previous academic work.

For more information about requirements, admission, and program descriptions go to http://masters.df.MiamiOH.edu.

Program Requirements: Biology- Master of Arts (MA)

The Master of Arts (MA) in Biology is a part-time, non-thesis master’s program designed for working professionals from diverse backgrounds, including formal and informal educators. The program is cooperatively offered by Project Dragonfly and the Department of Biology. The MA has two main programs: the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) and the Global Field Program (GFP) (for details, see Project Dragonfly).

  1. Complete at least 35 credits of graduate work, normally including 21 hours through an AIP Master Institution or Earth Expeditions field courses and 14 hours of web-based courses which include:
    • Completion of the MA's Leadership in Science & Inquiry course and requirement (2 credits).
    •  Completion of the MA's Professional Media Workshop course and requirement (2 credits).
    • Completion of the MA's Capstone course (2 credits), including a professional portfolio.
  2. The MA program graduate committee must approve the academic program for students.

MA students create a master plan and work portfolio that advance their learning and professional goals. Master plans are theme-based (e.g., community engagement in environmental stewardship) and may focus on a region (e.g., Africa, Pacific Northwest, etc.).

Miami University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes to offer specific degree programs. The WSAC may be contacted for a list of the board of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the WSAC at P.O. Box 4340, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

For more information about requirements, admission, and program descriptions go to http://masters.df.MiamiOH.edu.

Requirements: Biological Sciences- Master of Arts in Teaching

(35 semester hours)

For more information about requirements, admission, and program description go to http://masters.df.MiamiOH.edu.

Requirements: Doctoral Programs

Conservation Biology Certificate

This Certificate integrates specialized graduate coursework with the culminating experience the student completes as part of a Master's degree, to prepare students for careers in conservation biology with federal, state, tribal, and local agencies and non-profit organizations. This Certificate provides a value-added component to a graduate degree at Miami University, specifically an M.A. or M.S. in Biology or Botany; Ph.D. in Biology, Botany or Ecology, Evolution, & Environmental Biology; or M.En. in environmental science. By choosing the appropriate coursework, a student can earn the Conservation Certificate simultaneously with earning a graduate degree. 

BIO 567Conservation Biology3
BIO/MBI 671Population and Community Ecology4
Select one:3
Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Python Programming for ArcGIS
GIScience Techniques in Landscape Ecology
Select one:3
Ecological Anthropology
Conservation Education and Community Engagement
Environmental Economics
Leading and Managing Projects
Environmental Communication
Environmental Law
Graduate Seminar:
BIO 710Advanced Seminar1-4
Total Credit Hours14-17