Graduate Program in Biological Sciences

Program Description:

The Department of Biological Sciences Kent State University features a Graduate Biology Program that offers MS and PhD degrees as well as an innovative MA program. Students in the MS and PhD Graduate Biology Programs programs work in a variety of different research areas including aquatic ecology , evolutionary biology , neurobiology and behavior, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, and reproductive physiology/endocrinology. In addition, students mentored by Biological Sciences faculty members can be trained in the School of Biomedical Sciences. If you're interested in pursuing a Biology Degree, Kent State has the extensive resources and dedicated faculty to help you achieve your goals.

We strongly encourage applications for our MS and PhD Graduate Biology Programs from domestic and international students. Information on the application procedure is available on this web page ( how to apply). Feel free to e-mail the Graduate Studies Office if you have any questions.

For complete information on the Graduate Biology Programs application process, as well as our program requirements, course offerings, and graduate student support, select one of the links on the left.

There’s no better place to obtain a Biology degree than Kent State University. Our Graduate Biology Program provides the versatility you need to pursue a career in the branch of biology that most interest you!

Please be sure to visit the School of Biomedical Sciences section of our site to learn more about the unique opportunities available to Kent State University students.tter place to obtain a Biology degree than Kent State University. Our Graduate Biology Program provides the versatility you need to pursue a career in the branch of biology that most interest you!


The graduate programs in the Department of Biological Sciences are multifaceted; graduate students engage in research at scales ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem.  Regardless of the system, advanced methodology  is applied to answer crucial questions in several fields including neuroscience, ecology, physiology, cell/molecular biology and evolutionary biology. Throughout the program graduate students are given the opportunity to explore their chosen field, learn about the fields of their fellow students, develop professionally and contribute to the greater community. In many cases, beyond an individual lab group, students and their faculty mentors are parts of larger clusters comprised of faculty members and students with complementary interests.  These unique thematic clusters facilitate professional development of each student as they follow their chosen career pathway and work collaboratively as part of a larger community.

Spotlight on Alumni:

Graduates of the Department of Biological Sciences provide significant services that benefit the public in a variety of ways.  All are employed in areas related to their disciplines in areas ranging from education to basic and applied research.  In the former area, graduates secure faculty positions in public and private institutions across the US and in this role help educate the next generation of scientists in STEM related fields.  Other graduates work in areas of applied research in the environmental and biomedical disciplines.   As an example of the former, former Kent State graduate students help provide new remedies for environmental problems such as water or air pollution as employees of state and federal environmental protection agencies as well as for private companies in the environmental impact arena.  In the biomedical disciplines, our graduates are involved in basic and applied research focused on developing new insights into the causes and treatments of disease.   Regardless of the specific focus, graduates of the Department of Biological Sciences are well-integrated into public and private enterprises that contribute in a myriad of ways to the public good.

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