As a Master’s student in the UNI Department of Biology, you’ll be surrounded by students and faculty who are curious about life, and passionate about advancing scientific knowledge through research.

All of our graduate students receive individualized mentoring from a faculty member who will help you pursue your research interests. Over 20 biology faculty supervise thesis research projects in the fields of anatomy and physiology, cell and molecular biology, and ecology, evolution, and organismal biology.

Graduates of our program are well-prepared for PhD programs in the life sciences, and for successful careers in healthcare, scientific research, education, and natural resource management.

How to Apply

Students applying for admission to the UNI Graduate College should consult the Graduate College website for a full description of forms and procedures.

Minimum requirements for admission to the Department of Biology Graduate Program:

  • A student must have a Department of Biology faculty member willing to serve as his/her graduate advisor. Applicants are responsible for reaching out to faculty members on their own in advance of, or during their application process. Please reference our faculty research areas to narrow down which faculty members you would like to work with and reach out to them via email. Students need to receive confirmation from at least one faculty member stating they are willing to accept them into their research lab should they be accepted into the program. If you are unable to secure a faculty mentor, your application will be denied.
  • A 3.0 (or higher) overall undergraduate grade point average is required for admittance to degree status. Students who have a 2.5 to 2.9 GPA may be admitted to provisional degree status depending on other indicators of academic potential.
  • A student must have demonstrated potential to succeed in graduate studies (performed well in upper division science coursework, previous research experience, work experience in a scientific discipline, etc.).
  • A student must have three favorable letters of recommendation.

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Applying as a U.S. resident
 

1.  Explore the research programs of faculty members in the department and discuss the possibility of working on your graduate degree with several faculty members.  One must agree to work with you in order for you to be admitted to the program.

2.  All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

3.  Apply for the Biology-MS program through UNI's Admissions website. Three letters of recommendation and an Applicant Statement will be submitted as part of the application process.

4.  Learn more about financial aid for graduate students through the UNI’s Graduate College’s funding website. There are two electronic applications on the Graduate College’s funding website, one for graduate assistantships, and another for tuition scholarships.

5.  Applications are considered on a rolling basis for both fall and spring admissions, but applications should be submitted by February 1 for full financial aid consideration.

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Applying as an international student
 

1.  Explore the research programs of faculty members in the department and discuss the possibility of working on your graduate degree with several faculty members.  One must agree to work with you in order for you to be admitted to the program.

2.  International graduate students must have matriculated from a four-year undergraduate academic program with results equivalent to a 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale.

3.  A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 79 (iBT), 6.5 (IELTS), or 105 (Duolingo) or higher for applicants whose first language is not English.

4.  Apply for the Biology-MS program through UNI's Admissions website. Three letters of recommendation and an Applicant Statement will be submitted as part of the application process.

5.  Learn more about financial aid for graduate students through the UNI’s Graduate College’s funding website. There are two electronic applications on the Graduate College’s funding website, one for graduate assistantships, and another for tuition scholarships.

6. Applications are considered on a rolling basis for both fall and spring admissions, but applications should be submitted by February 1 for full financial aid consideration.

 

 

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Questions?

Reach out to our Biology Graduate Coordinator Dr. Mark Myers

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Research Opportunities

Ecology and Conservation Research

Students with research interests in ecology and conservation benefit from strong partnerships with the Tallgrass Prairie Center, the UNI Botanical Center, and access to the UNI Biological Preserves System. Students regularly conduct research at these facilities, and can find part-time employment at the TPC and Botanical Center.

students researching at Tallgrass Prairie Center

Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Research

Facilities and resources in support of cell, molecular, and biomedical research include a tissue culture facility, CT scanner, flow cytometer, and specialized (fluorescence, confocal and scanning electron) microscopes. Students researching in these fields will have access to these cutting-edge tools.

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two students working in a classroom lab

Graduate Assistantships

Interested in applying for a graduate assistant position? This is a paid position, which offers excellent experience for our students. As a graduate teaching assistant, you will be assigned to help with a class taught in the Department of Biology. Your duties may include:

  • Teaching 1-2 lab sections of an LAC course
  • Attending lab prep meetings
  • Grading assignments and projects
  • Meeting with students during office hours or as arranged
  • Emailing students/responding to their emails