Master’s Degree Option
The biology department has a formal program leading to a master’s degree in the areas of Ecology and Evolution and Marine Biology. The degree is offered in both “course-only” and “thesis” programs, but nearly all students are admitted to the thesis program.
Departmental requirements are the same as those set forth by the Graduate School (*see General Catalog). Briefly: 45 hours of graduate credit for a M.S. with thesis or 60 hours of graduate credit for Master’s Degree Without Thesis. In either program, at least 30 hours must be in graduate-level Biology courses; 24 hours must be graded, with a GPA of 3.0 or better; 9 hours must be in 600-level courses. Up to 15 hours of graduate credit (3.0 or better) earned at another institution may be transferred and counted toward a University of Oregon Master’s Degree, but those hours may not be used to meet the graded hours requirement, nor can they have been used to fulfill any part of the baccalaureate degree. Please view the University-wide Class Schedule, the online UO class schedule for our current course offerings.