Master of Science Degree in Biology

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must:

  • have a BA or BS in Biology or have completed 24 hours of undergraduate Biology coursework.
  • have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale or a GRE combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 290, if taken after Aug 2011.
  • submit a formal application for admission.
  • submit one official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • submit a letter of intent stating professional goals.
  • submit TOEFL scores and financial resource certification forms to the Office of Graduate Studies (international students only).

Admissions Deadlines

Individuals interested in pursuing a graduate degree at UNK should contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research for application information. The Office of Graduate Studies and Research should receive all application materials by the following dates to potentially gain full acceptance for a given semester.

Fall Semester--June 15
Spring Semester--October 15
Summer Semester--March 15

All applications for a given semester will be reviewed together approximately 15 days after the due date.

If you have missed the deadline for full admission in the semester you wish to begin your program, you may enroll and complete up to 12 hours of classes before being formally accepted into the program. You must fill out an application as a non-degree seeking student. Non-degree students can access registration for coursework but are not eligible for financial aid through UNK.

Application Instructions

  1. Apply online - Fill out the On-line Application through the Office of Graduate Studies
  2. Submit fee - Submit the $45.00 application fee to the Office of Graduate Studies
  3. Send transcripts - Send one official copy of transcripts from every institution you have previously attended to:

    Office of Graduate Studies
    University of Nebraska-Kearney
    Founders Hall 2131
    Kearney, NE 68849

    Admissions Phone: 308-865-8500
    Fax: 308-865-8837
    Graduate Admissions Toll-Free: (800) 717-7881
    Graduate Admissions e-mail: gradstudies@unk.edu
     
  4. Letter of Intent - address your Letter of Intent to:

    Dr. Janet Steele
    Professor of Biology
    Bruner Hall of Science 320
    2401 11th Avenue
    University of Nebraska-Kearney
    Kearney, NE 68849

A letter of intent outlining your professional goals must be uploaded during the application process. The letter should be a concise essay concerning your career goals and identification of the means by which you propose to achieve these goals. Accomplishments you have made toward these goals should be included, but personal information should not be included in this letter.

After your application is complete, it will be forwarded to the Department of Biology's Graduate Committee for review. Applications are reviewed only once each semester. All applications that are at the department level on the first of the month following the graduate application due date listed above will be reviewed and decisions will be made based on the available pool of applicants.

Transfer of Credit

The majority of the coursework for the Masters Degree must be completed at UNK. Transfer credits are accepted for up to 9 credit hours of the 36 hour degree path. For graduate credits from another fully accredited institution to be accepted in the Masters Degree program, the Department of Biology must approve the quality and suitability as equal to or superior to the offerings available at UNK. Approval of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research is also required for the transfer of graduate work taken elsewhere, and copies of official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.  All transfer hours must meet the following requirements:

  • All courses must be Graduate level Biology credits from an accredited institution.
  • Courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or better and must not have been graded as pass/fail.
  • All courses on the degree path must be completed within the given 10-year time frame.
  • Courses cannot have been used in obtaining another degree.