Traditional Two-Year M.S. Track
The Master of Science in Biological Sciences is earned through a traditional two-year program, which follows the completion of a bachelor's degree in a biology-related field. During this time, you will conduct original research and prepare a thesis on any of a variety of topics selected in consultation with your faculty advisor, who serves as your research mentor.
At UNE we empower you with a comprehensive foundation of knowledge in biological concepts, as well as the research experience needed to enter a career in the biological sciences with confidence.
You benefit from our Biddeford Campus seaside setting, our cutting-edge facilities, and the opportunity to work closely with faculty. You will also benefit from the opportunity to be part of a larger community of graduate and professional students in other programs in the health sciences.
Four Plus One Track
If you are a current UNE undergraduate student, the UNE Biological Sciences 4+1 B.S./M.S. track allows you to complete your undergraduate and master's degrees in a total of five years. As a qualified UNE undergraduate, this track enables you to obtain the M.S. degree, with the same requirements as the "two-year" M.S. in Biological Sciences program (described above) through an expedited process that begins during your senior year of undergraduate work.
You'll complete much of your master's coursework during your fourth year, while also working on your thesis project. Your fifth year will be spent finishing your research and writing your thesis.
To enroll in the 4+1 program you must be an undergraduate at UNE with a 3.5 overall G.P.A., and a 3.5 G.P.A. in all math and science courses. You are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prior to enrollment. However, you must receive sponsorship from a faculty member in the School of Biological Sciences who will serve as your thesis advisor, and you should begin conducting research on a project that will become your thesis project by your fourth year at UNE. You can declare your intent to enroll in the program as early as the second semester of your sophomore year or as late as the second semester of your junior year.
Application forms are available from prospective faculty advisors in the School of Biological Sciences.