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About this course

The Master of Arts (MA) degree is a non-thesis degree program that emphasizes advanced training in biology and the ability to apply the scientific process to biological problems. Combining advanced coursework (30 units) with a written project based on a current research problem in biology, the MA degree has two tracks: a Review Paper/Grant Proposal track and a Stem Cell Concentration track. 

The Review Paper/Grant Proposal track is designed for students who wish to pursue a coursework-based degree program that will prepare them for a variety of careers, including education, science writing, science illustration, science law, science policy, and health professions.  In addition to advanced coursework, this degree track requires students to prepare a a review paper that critically synthesizes research on a particular topic with a well developed section detailing future directions or a research proposal in the format required by a state or federal granting agency (e.g., National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health) based on a novel hypothesis that addresses a biological problem.

Entry Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree
  • Completion of a major in biological sciences or closely related field; or completion of 24 units of upper division biological science courses or courses in closely related fields, each of which must be passed with a grade of C- or better
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 in all biology courses and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper division biology courses
  • GRE General Test scores (NOTE: GRE General Test scores will be accepted after the application deadline, but only if the test was taken prior to the deadline)
  • A faculty member who has agreed to serve as their graduate advisor*
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study
  • A statement of purpose