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Master’s Degree Option

The Department of Biology 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” program options, however nearly all students are admitted to the thesis program.  The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, may rarely admit an exceptional student into the “course only” 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.

Department of Biology Graduate Student Handbook
Guidelines for a Thesis Master’s Degree are located on pages 30 – 34


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