Thesis Based Masters Program

If you have the talent, we have the opportunity.


The Thesis-based M.S. in Biology program in the Department of Biological Sciences is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced studies in professional and graduate school or various vocational opportunities in biological sciences and related areas.  The thesis track is designed for students whose career goals require formal research training.  The program provides the opportunity for broad training as well as specialization in areas of particular interest through the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCD) concentration and the Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B) concentration.  Students should consult with their Major Advisor and Supervisory Committee when choosing a concentration and selecting a plan of study.



  • Total of 30 credit hours to include 4 required courses core curriculum, minimum of 1 elective course, and a minimum of 1 credit hour of research and thesis

  • Offers but does not require tracks in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental biology (MCD) and Environmental, Ecology, and Evolutionary biology (E3B).

  • Required core MS curriculum

    • BIOL8101 Hypothesis Testing
    • BIOL8102 Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • BIOL8140 Evolutionary Biology
    • BIOL 8260 Careers in Bioscience: Professional Development
  • Milestones: 

    • ​Second semester-- Form a Supervisory Committee. 
    • Third Semester--Oral Qualifying Examination.
    • Third Semester--Thesis research proposal approved by Supervisory Committee. 
    • Final Semester-- Written thesis, public presentation and oral defense

  • Students must submit their research results to peer-reviewed publications in order to receive external review of their research contribution.

  • Average time to completion of the Master’s degree in the program currently is 2.5 years.

  • Students have an opportunity for teaching assistantships or research assistantships and need-based tuition assistance determined by FASFA filings may be made by the Graduate School.

For more information contact:

Adam Reitzel, Ph.D.

Professor and Graduate Programs Director

9201 University City Blvd.
Woodward Hall 381A
Charlotte, NC 28223