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Biology M.S. (Non-Thesis for Educators)

Offered by: Biology Department The Master of Science program in Biology, which awards a Purdue University degree, requires 30 credit hours of study beyond the baccalaureate level.

Why Choose This Program?

This Non-Thesis M.S. degree program serves the needs of Indiana high school biology teachers, combining 12 credit hours of Transition to Teaching (T2T) program with 18 credit hours of graduate biology courses. Students will obtain a M.S. in Biology and obtain necessary coursework that will allow them to teach Advanced Placement or Dual Credit courses in Indiana high schools. This program is ideally suited for students who completed undergraduate studies in biological sciences and would like to become high school biology teachers or current teachers wishing to enhance their credentials.

IUPUI consistently maintains strong national rankings and has been identified as an Up-and-Coming National University and a Most Innovative School by U.S. News and World Report and other organizations. Situated in the heart of Indianapolis, IUPUI is an urban research and life and health sciences institution near five hospitals and Indiana University medical and dental schools.

Admission Requirements

The degrees are conferred through the Purdue University system, and entering students must meet the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate School of Purdue University and departmental requirements.

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Degree requirements

The Non-Thesis M.S. in Biology for Educators is 30 hour non-thesis degree that combines 18 credits of biology with 12 credits of Transition to Teaching (T2T) course work. This option is ideal for students who completed undergraduate degrees in biological sciences and would like to pursue a high school teaching career that includes  Advanced Placement or Dual Credit courses in Indiana high schools. This option can be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

Application outcomes for M.S. programs

Students who meet the minimal expectations in all areas and are recommended for admission will be informed by email and letter.

GRE exam scores: a verbal score of 146, a quantitative score of 145, a combined total of verbal plus quantitative scores of 295, and 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the exam will be considered as meeting the minimal requirements. For those students who do not meet these minimal requirements a retake of the exam will be required in order to be reconsidered.

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Placement success

Students completing the Non-Thesis M.S. in Biology for Educators would be highly competitive for positions in Indiana high schools, where there is a shortage of qualified science teachers.  In addition, students completing the Non-Thesis M.S. in Biology for Educators would have the qualifications to teach Advanced Placement or Dual Credit courses in Indiana high schools.

Biology graduate explored the world through science and research

Jennifer Romine 2013 Alumna, B.S. Biology, M.D. Student, IU School of Medicine