Winthrop University: MS Biology
Contact Information
Department of Biology
College of Arts & Sciences
202 Dalton Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2111
803/323-3448 (fax)
biology@winthrop.edu

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Teaching

Master of Arts

The M.S. in Biology program at Winthrop University offers students broad training in biology.  Students may concentrate in areas ranging from conservation biology and behavioral ecology to biomedical research in cancer, molecular biology and bioinformatics.  Students work closely with graduate faculty advisors who hold Ph.D.s in their areas of specialization and are active researchers.  Graduate courses are small (12 students or fewer) allowing for maximum interactions between students and their professors.  Our graduate faculty members enjoy teaching and mentoring graduate students and many have won awards for their teaching and scholarship.   

Graduate Program Director: 
Dr. Lisa Harris
harrisl@winthrop.edu 
803/323-2588

View Department of Biology Webpage

 

Why Winthrop?

 

       

      Time to completion: 2 years

      Total Credits: 36

      Format: Campus-based (low-residency)

      Low-residency campus-based MAAA Program

      Curriculum (MAAA - Campus Based)

      The MAT Accelerated program is a fast-paced option only for Winthrop students who began education coursework as an undergraduate. 

       

      Curriculum

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      M.A. in Teaching : Rolling Admissions

      Accelerated Pathway- MAT Deadline : February 15 for summer admission.

        Note: All admission materials must be received by the Graduate School office before an application will be reviewed

         

          • The online Graduate School application and non-refundable application fee

          • Official transcript(s) from all institutionsattended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Note: Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s)

          • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale OR official test scores for either:

            GRE (preferred scores are 151 Verbal, 153 Quantitative) OR
            Miller Analogies Test (preferred score of 392)

            NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the Master of Arts in Teaching program will waive the GRE/MAT requirement until further notice.

            4. Applicants to the MAT degree in Spanish and French must also submit the South Carolina passing score on the Praxis AND evidence of having the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview. It is recommended that applicants show proficiency at the advanced low level. Graduate coursework will not be focused directly on continued language learning.

          • The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee
          • Official transcript(s) from all institutionsattended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Note: Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s)
          • Undergraduate major in art, biology, chemistry, dance, educational studies, English, French, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, Spanish, or theatre; 
          • Educational Studies minor or BS in Educational Studies major. Consult the "minors" section of the current undergraduate catalog for more details;
          • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA;
          • Passing score on Praxis Subject Assessment content area exam;
          • Meet all additional requirements based on the content area (see below).

          Note: Each concentration has a different set of admissions requirements. See Accelerated MAT requirements

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    Beyond Graduation

    M.S. in Biology graduates go on to careers in a wide variety of biology-related fields or continue their training in doctoral and professional degree programs.  Here are some directions our students have gone in:

    Ph.D. Programs:

    Our M.S. graduates have gone on to doctoral programs all over the country, including:

    • University of South Carolina (Immunology, Marine Biology, Paleontology, Paleopathology)
    • Medical University of South Carolina (Biomedicine)
    • Medical College of Georgia (Biomedicine)
    • University of South Florida (Landscape Ecology)
    • The Ohio State University (Evolutionary Biology)
    • Penn State University (Biology)
    • Wake Forest University (Microbiology/Immunology)
    • University of Arizona (Physiology)

    Professional Programs:

    Our graduates have gone on to programs in medicine, veterinary medicine and pharmacy.

    Careers:

    Our graduates have found jobs in:

    • Biomedical research (University of South Carolina, Vanderbilt University, Carolinas Medical Center, North Carolina Research Campus, Kanapolis Research Campus)
    • Government agencies (USDA, State of South Carolina, Mecklenberg County)
    • Museums (American Museum of Natural History, Schiele Museum, Museum of York County)
    • Private industry
    • College-level biology teaching

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    Last Updated: 7/13/22