The Biology Department at James Madison University offers a two year Masters program. The application deadline is February 1st.
The objectives of the Biology graduate program are two-fold. First, we aim to enrich the student's subject knowledge and give the student a rigorous experience in research and thesis-writing. Second, all of our graduate students acquire superior training and experience in teaching and scientific communication. This training is provided through specific coursework offered in the biology department, and the supervised teaching of biology laboratory classes. Thus, students gain not only research experience, they also learn to be effective teachers and communicators.
The Department has research strengths in the following areas:
Click on an area of interest to see which graduate faculty members do research in that area. (See all graduate faculty)
How to apply:
Contact a potential advisor
This is very important. You need to establish whether or not there is an advisor who you would like to work with and who is willing to take you on. When you identify potential advisors, you should list them on your application.
Apply to the graduate program online
The Graduate School has an online application system that you should use when applying. Make sure your application is complete, including letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Please note that the Biology Department's deadline is on February 15th, not May as suggested by the general Graduate School guidelines.
Apply for financial assistance
All applicants to the graduate program in Biology are automatically considered for graduate assistantships; however, these assistantships are limited in number. Several other funding opportunities exist, including scholarships, assistantships and funding from the grant of a potential advisor. It is advisable to apply for financial assistance at the same time that you apply to the program. You should also mention in your application that you have applied for funding. The availability of funding can affect the number of students that are accepted.