M.S. Biology

Master of Science in Biology

Credit Requirements

See the current year's course bulletin for the Portland State University graduate degree requirements.  Departmental specific requirements for an M.S. in Biology are:

Satisfactory completion of at least 45 credits of approved graduate-level courses required for a master's degree. Students must complete Bi 598 Graduate Research Prospectus, and Bi 599 Graduate Grant Writing in the fall and winter quarters following admission to the program.

  • M.S. students must complete at least 30 credits in the field of biology. 
    • No more than 9 credits may be in Bi 503 Thesis. 
    • No more than a total of 12 credits may be in Bi 501 and Bi 505 Reading and Conference. 
    • No more than a total of 9 credits may be in Bi 507 Seminar. 
    • A maximum of 12 credits may be programmed as electives in fields related to biology in consultation with the degree adviser

Research Requirements

Successful completion of a final oral examination and a thesis is required. Full time students must complete their degree within 4 years of entry into the program.