Biology Graduate Program Description

In the Biology Graduate Program, students benefit from small classes, modern laboratory facilities, and faculty with a sincere desire to provide you with an excellent education. The objectives of our graduate program are to expose you to diverse topics in biology; to expand on your undergraduate experience; and to guide your growth as an independent thinker, researcher and scientist.

The program requires 24 semester hours of graduate level course work and six semester hours of original research resulting in a thesis. You may find information on required and elective courses at the master's program course list.

Our research resources permit graduate students to pursue a variety of thesis research topics.  Students may choose field or laboratory studies or a combination of both. Thesis research projects are based on the student’s needs and curiosity, in conjunction with faculty expertise and research interests.

Faculty research interests are diverse and include, but are not limited to, snake venom biochemistry; molecular biology; Chihuahuan Desert floral taxonomy; insect taxonomy and ecological associations; mammal inventory and varied aspects of mammalogy; cell surface glycoproteins and their roles in the pathogenesis of Candida albicans; microsatellites as tools for population genetics; lipid and fatty acid composition in arthropod tissues; molecular systematics, behavioral ecology, quantitative biology, aluminum transport in plants, and melatonin as a growth regulator in plants.

Midwestern State University is located in Wichita Falls, Texas, equidistance from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Oklahoma City.  The low cost of living is one of the many positive aspects of our city that has an approximate population of 107,000. Consumers Digest ranked MSU in the number one Best Value in Public Universities category in 2002.  Our beautiful campus is one of the city’s gems. 


Admission Requirements:
  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university,
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work exclusive of credit hours awarded by a two-year college,
  • Twenty-four hours in biology, including 12 semester hours of advanced level courses,
  • One year of physics,
  • One and one-half years of chemistry, including one semester of organic chemistry.
  • GRE scores
    • At least 156 in verbal reasoning
    • At least 155 in quantitative analysis, and
    • At least 3.5 in analytical writing

If you do not fulfill all of these requirements you may be admitted conditionally until the enrollment criteria are met by satisfactory completion of leveling coursework.

The following forms are available to download as word documents.  Return the completed forms to:

MSU Graduate Admissions Office
3410 Taft Blvd
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Submission deadlines vary and are listed on the forms.