Welcome current and future graduate students!
The TCU Department of Biology embodies the teacher-scholar model and our graduate students receive the best practical training and professional mentoring. Students join our graduate program to pursue research careers in academia, prepare for professional careers that require additional training, or simply learn more about the exciting work going on at the forefront of biology. Below you can learn more about degree requirements, discover areas of research, find courses of interest, and funding opportunities. We are so glad to have you as part of our department and will work with you in any way to ensure a successful and meaningful graduate experience!
Biology Graduate Program Quick Facts
MS students serve as teaching assistants
MS students graduate in 2 yrs
Graduate students publish their research
Graduate students present at scientific meetings
Graduate students obtain jobs w/in 1 yr
Receive Adkins summer salary support
Graduate Degree Programs
The Department of Biology offers three graduate degrees: the Master of Arts (MA, without a thesis), the Master of Science (MS, with a thesis), and the Ph.D. Students generally complete the MA and MS programs in two years and some MS students continue their graduate education by matriculating into the three-year PhD program.
A key component of the graduate student experience is conducting research side by side with faculty scientists. Research provides students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and prepare for a professional career in the biological sciences. The faculty perform research in many areas of the biological sciences. Whether you are interested in ecology and the environment or cellular and molecular biology, we expect that you will find a research opportunity that suits your interest.
Graduate Student Support
TCU and the Department of Biology provide salary, research, and travel support to our graduate students. The majority of graduate student in the Department of Biology receive salary support through teaching assistantships and summer funding is available to MS students through the Adkins fellowship program. Funding opportunities for research and travel to scientific meetings are also available.
Admission to the MA and MS programs is dependent on the undergraduate GPA, experience and statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. For students seeking the MS degree, research experience and finding a potential thesis advisor are also important. Students are encouraged to explore the research interests of Biology faculty and contact them to inquire about research opportunities in their lab. Admission to the Ph.D. program is limited to students who have successfully completed their MS degree under the supervision of a TCU Biology faculty member.