Program Description

The M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Conservation Biology is designed to prepare students for careers in conservation and ecological research in a variety of environments, such as government agencies, conservation organizations, and the private sector, or for further study in a Ph.D. program.

As a student in the Conservation Biology master's program, you'll work alongside faculty to conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities such as the brand new Biosciences Building, the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island, and more. 



Research Opportunities and Assistantships

All applicants to the MS Biology program are encouraged to apply for a teaching assistantship, which are awarded on a competitive basis. Students should discuss the possibility of a research assistantship with their advisor when applying to the biology graduate program, as a limited number of research assistantships are available.

Research facilities include a new Biosciences Building, opening Fall 2016, including a state-of-the-art Imaging Facility, Vivarium, and the CMU Herbarium; the CMU Biological Station at Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, and Neithercut Woodlands, 30 minutes north of Mount Pleasant. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MS Biology program requires:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent;
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and in biological science major;
  • General GRE scores;
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references;
  • Commitment of a faculty advisor

Admission to the biology graduate program is accepted on a rolling basis, but students wishing to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship should apply by February 1 for the following Fall semester.

Apply online at apply.cmich.edu and send additional materials outlined above to:

Graduate Program Administrator
Department of Biology
Central Michigan University
Brooks Hall 217
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
biogradcoord@cmich.edu

Graduation Requirements

Most students follow a thesis option for the Biology M.S., which requires coursework approved by the student's Graduate Committee and the completion and write-up of a major research project. Some students follow a non-thesis option, based mostly on coursework, with a minor research or independent study report. Students in the Conservation concentration are also required to take BIO 650 (Population Ecology) and BIO 680 (Conservation Biology) as part of their coursework. Students are assessed on their thesis seminar, oral defense, and written report. The specific learning outcomes are available from the Biology office.


For More Information

Graduate Program Administrator
Department of Biology
Central Michigan University
Brooks Hall 217
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
biogradcoord@cmich.edu