Degree Requirements

M.A. Degree Requirements

General Requirements for All M.A. Students

Refer to each discipline for specific course requirements. General requirements include

  1. A minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit;
  2. A minimum of 1 laboratory rotation during the first semester of graduate study;
  3. Enrollment every semester in BIOL 701 Topics in Molecular Biosciences Seminar;
  4. Completion of the following courses: BIOL 807 Graduate Molecular Biosciences and BIOL 818 Techniques in Molecular Biosciences;
  5. A graduate committee established by the beginning of the spring semester of the first year;
  6. A minimum of 1 annual graduate committee meeting until completion of the degree.

The following thesis options are available:

  1. Write a thesis resulting from original research on a laboratory problem.
  2. Publish a research paper in a national, refereed journal. Acceptance of the paper for publication constitutes publication for conferral of the degree.
  3. Write a library thesis on a topic approved by the student’s graduate committee.

Specific M.A. Requirements: Biochemistry and Biophysics

BIOL 750 Advanced Biochemistry, BIOL 772 Gene Expression, plus electives to satisfy the 30-hour requirement. Electives are determined in consultation with the graduate advisor and graduate committee.

Specific M.A. Requirements: Microbiology

At least 3 graduate courses are required, selected from BIOL 811 Advanced Molecular and Cellular Immunology, BIOL 812 Mechanisms of Host-Parasite Relationships, BIOL 813 Advanced Bacterial Physiology, BIOL 814 Advanced Molecular Virology, and BIOL 815 Advanced Molecular Genetics; plus electives to satisfy the 30-hour course requirement. No more than 6 of these hours can be below the 700 level. Electives are determined in consultation with the graduate advisor and graduate committee.

Specific M.A. Requirements: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

BIOL 752 Cell Biology, BIOL 755 Mechanisms of Development, and either BIOL 753 Advanced Genetics or BIOL 772 Gene Expression, plus electives to satisfy the 30-hour course requirement. Electives are determined in consultation with the graduate advisor and graduate committee.

Contact Info

Department of Molecular Biosciences

Haworth Hall
1200 Sunnyside Ave., Room 2034
Lawrence, KS 66045-7566
785-864-4631
Molecular Biosciences site
Mark Richter, Chair
785-864-4631
richter@ku.edu

Department of Molecular Biosciences

Haworth Hall
1200 Sunnyside Ave., Room 7035
Lawrence, KS 66045-7566
785-864-4631
Molecular Biosciences site
Stephen H. Benedict, Graduate Director
785-864-4007
sbene@ku.edu

Department of Molecular Biosciences

Haworth Hall
1200 Sunnyside Ave., Room 2034
Lawrence, KS 66045-7566
785-864-4631
Molecular Biosciences site
John P. Connolly, Graduate Program Coordinator
785-864-4311
jconnolly@ku.edu
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