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Biological Sciences - Botany - M.S. and Ph.D. PDFDownload to print

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

256 Cunningham Hall
Tel: 330-672-3613


The Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biological Sciences - Botany is offered with research in plant systematics, taxonomy, evolutionary studies, molecular biology, ecology and genetics. The program provides a broad background in botanical sciences and training in research. Graduate students in botany are encouraged to become familiar with cognate disciplines that will enhance their scholarship and research potential; these include biometry, biochemistry, geology, geography and relevant foreign languages.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), 3.0 GPA; GRE (general test); goal statement; three letters of recommendation; acceptance of the student by a faculty advisor; list of up to five potential faculty advisors; and undergraduate coursework roughly equivalent to a Biology minor.

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Graduation Requirements

M.S.: Minimum 32 total credit hours.

Ph.D.: Minimum 60 total credit hours.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand advanced biological concepts beyond the scope of the typical undergraduate degree and to increase the depth of their knowledge through coursework and hands-on experiences. 
  2. Apply scientific principles and appreciate work outside of their particular field. 
  3. Effectively communicate about science with colleagues as well as those outside of the student's area of expertise. 
  4. Develop the necessary laboratory skills that will allow testing of hypotheses. 
Thesis/ Dissertation

M.S.: A thesis and final defense is required of candidates.

Ph.D.: Dissertation and final defense is required.