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Degrees & Majors

Biology, Non-thesis option

Master of Science

Offered at IUPUI by School of Science.


The non-thesis Master of Science in Biology is a Purdue University degree offered in the Department of Biology.

The Department of Biology offers the tracks for non-thesis masters degrees: a standard track, an educator track, and a pre-professional track.

Understanding the standard non-thesis option

The standard non-thesis M.S. degree in Biology requires 30 credit hours of study beyond the baccalaureate level. Students from non-thesis M.S. programs have been able to secure higher level positions within their current employment. This option is most frequently chosen by students who hold full-time positions elsewhere. This option can be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis, but it requires enrollment in three or more semesters.

Understanding the non-thesis for educators option

This non-thesis M.S. degree program serves the needs of Indiana high school biology teachers, combining 12 credit hours of the Transition to Teaching (T2T) program with 18 credit hours of graduate biology courses. Students will earn a master's degree 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. It's also a great option for current teachers wishing to enhance their credentials.

Understanding the pre-professional non-thesis option

The pre-professional non-thesis M.S. degree in Biology is an intensive one-year program that prepares students for the rigors of professional school and produces students with better sophistication in their understanding of biological sciences. After earning the degree, you'll be prepared to apply to one of the following professional programs:

  • Allopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Optometry
  • Physician's Assistant

Entry into a reputable medical, dental or veterinary program is a highly competitive process. Good academic performance and experience may not be enough for admission, but if you can benefit from a year of intensive coursework, this one-year program could be just what you need to make that challenging next step in your career. The program provides excellent preparation and demonstrates your ability to withstand the rigors associated with professional degree programs.