Department of Biological Sciences

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

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2022 U.S. News & World Report A Best in the Nation Biological Sciences Graduate Program

Why Choose the Biological Sciences Program?

The Department of Biological Sciences is home to 22 active research faculty and approximately 50 graduate students. Our faculty are currently funded by EPA, NIH, NSF, USDA, a variety of state and local agencies, and private foundations. Many faculty members have leadership roles in local, state, national and international organizations, including the American Physiological Society, American Society for Testing of Materials, International Standards Organization, the Nature Conservancy, the Ohio Plant Biotechnology Consortium and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. They also served on EPA, NIH, and NSF study sections and review panels and are otherwise recognized as experts in their field. You can view departmental publications at CORE Scholar, Wright State Libraries Online Repository.


Our graduates are employed by

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Advanced Testing Laboratory
  • Aerotek
  • American Health Associates
  • Battelle Memorial Institute   
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • Community Tissue Services/ Community Blood Center
  • Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens  
  • Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC)
  • Medpace
  • MedVet
  • MillerCoors
  • Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources        
  • Pfizer
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Shaw Environmental
  • SpringCreek Fertility
  • UES Inc.
  • United Allergy Services

Our graduates work as

  • Biologists/Cell biologists
  • Cardiopulmonary technician
  • Clinical allergy specialist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Conservation worker
  • Data scientist
  • Ecology lab technician
  • Embryologist/andrologist
  • Formulation technician
  • Genetic counselor
  • Health services manager
  • Laboratory manager
  • Microbiology technician
  • Pharmaceutical/medical product sales representative
  • Researchers/research assistants
  • Toxicologist

Academics and Curriculum

View the Master of Science in Biological Sciences program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.


  • Applications should be submitted online through the Graduate School
  • International applicants also should contact the University Center for International Education to review international student admission requirements, international applications and additional language, VISA and financial requirements.
  • All applicants are required to submit
    • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts,
    • Three letters of recommendation from referee able to evaluate the applicants potential for success in graduate school, and
    • A personal statement* of goals for graduate education.
  • International applicants are required to submit official scores from either
    • the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 
    • the Internation English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Admissions preference is given to students with a grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Recommended preparation is a Bachelors's degree in biological or biomedical sciences including course work in organic chemistry, physics and calculus.

*The personal statement should include:

  • Specific reasons for applying to the Masters of Science Program in Biological Sciences at Wright State University,
  • A description of goals for graduate education, i.e. how do you hope an MSc in Biological Sciences from Wright State will further your career, and
  • A list of potential faculty advisors of interest to the applicant.
    • Applicants are encouraged to review the research programs of Biological Sciences faculty and
    • to directly contact faculty of interest to discuss their research and to determine if they currently are accepting students into their labs.

Applications to the MSc Program in Biological Sciences are evaluated as they are received.  Applicants may apply to start in the fall semester (August start) or spring semester (January start).  Applicants admitted for the fall semester also may request a summer (June) start date.

For Application Materials:
Wright State Graduate School
E344 Student Union
(937) 775-2976 / (800) 452-4723
Fax: (937) 775-2453


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Contact Information

For information on the Biology Master of Science Degree Program please contact:

Megan Rua, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator                       
Dept. of Biological Sciences            
Wright State University                   
Dayton, OH 45435