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Biology M.S. (Standard Non-Thesis)

Offered by: Biology Department The Master of Science program in Biology, which awards a Purdue University degree, requires 30 credit hours of study beyond the baccalaureate level.

Why Choose This Program?

Students from non-thesis M.S. programs have been able to secure higher level positions within their current employment and have shown a high success rate in gaining admission to professional schools.

IUPUI consistently maintains strong national rankings and has been identified as an Up-and-Coming National University and a Most Innovative School by U.S. News and World Report and other organizations. Situated in the heart of Indianapolis, IUPUI is an urban research and life and health sciences institution near five hospitals and Indiana University medical and dental schools.

Admission Requirements

The degrees are conferred through the Purdue University system, and entering students must meet the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate School of Purdue University and departmental requirements.

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Degree requirements

The standard 30 hour non-thesis degree is comprised of course work. This option is most frequently chosen by students who hold full-time positions elsewhere. This option can be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis, but requires enrollment in three or more semesters (e.g. Fall, Spring, and Summer).

Application outcomes for M.S. programs

Students who meet the minimal expectations in all areas and are recommended for admission will be informed by email and letter.

GRE exam scores: a verbal score of 146, a quantitative score of 145, a combined total of verbal plus quantitative scores of 295, and 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the exam will be considered as meeting the minimal requirements. For those students who do not meet these minimal requirements a retake of the exam will be required in order to be reconsidered.

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Placement success

Indianapolis is the major population center of Indiana and is home to several large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including Eli Lilly & Co., Roche Diagnostics Corporation, and Dow AgroSciences. These companies have provided high-paying jobs for many of our graduates. Students from non-thesis M.S. programs have been able to secure higher level positions within their current employment and have shown a high success rate in gaining admission to professional schools.

Alumnus explores health care and medicine across the globe

Paul Nanda 1999 Alumnus, M.S. Biology