Frequently Asked Questions


Master of Science in Biology


How long does it take to complete the graduate degree?

The length of time required to complete the Master of Science in Biology degree depends on whether a student is full time or part time and how the students performs in classes. A full time student taking the minimum course load of 9 graduate credit hours could possibly complete the Master's degree in approximately 5 semesters (21 months) if the student registers for classes during the summer semester. A minimum of 30 credit hours (thesis option) or 36 credit hours (non-thesis option) are required to complete the degree.


Where can I find out more specific about degree options?

This biology graduate degree website provides information on the Master of Science in Biology thesis option and non-thesis option.


Are assistantships and/orfinancial aidavailable for students working on a degree in this area?

The Master of Science in Biology degree program has a limited number of graduate assistantships available. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and are available for every academic semester of the year. Other aid may be available depending on your financial status. Visit (Web site) to learn what is available.


How do I apply for a graduate assistantship?

Students must apply for graduate assistantships through Southeastern's Human Resources web site. All employment, including graduate assistantships, must be completed online. The site is searchable for particular positions, e.g., graduate assistantships.


What is the amount of a graduate assistantship?

Assistantships for Teaching Assistants andResearch Assistants begin at $9,000 for the academic year (fall and spring semesters). Students receiving an assistantship also receive a tuition waiver; this includes non-resident fees for students who are not legal residents of Louisiana. The financial package for a Louisiana resident student receiving an assistantship for fall and spring semester including a tuition waiver is valued just over $13,000.


What is required of a student receiving a graduate assistantship?

Job responsibilities and tasks are different depending on which type of graduate assistantship, i.e., TA, or RA,a student receives. All students on graduate assistantships are required to work an average of 20 hours per week and must register for a minimum full course load of graduate credit hours, which is 9 hours per fall and spring semester. Students receiving a graduate assistantship in the summer are required to work an average of 20 hours per week and register for6 graduate credit hours of course work.


What are the employment opportunities for a person with a graduate degree in this area?

Completing a Masters in Biology will potentially lead to a wide range of career opportunities throughout the broad field of biology. In addition, it can provide excellent training leading toward obtaining a Ph.D. in biology or related fields. Positions are available in Industry (e.g., biotechnology, water quality control, consulting); Conservation (e.g., Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund); Education (e.g., college or high school teacher); and Government (e.g., US Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, US Fisheries and Wildlife Service).


What salary range can be expected with this graduate degree?

Starting salaries vary widely by experience, setting, region, and state. Approximate salary ranges are $25,000 - $50,000 with a Masters and $45,000 - $75,000 with a Ph.D.