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Western Kentucky University — Ogden College of Science and Engineering

Program Type:
Master's International
Ogden College of Science and Engineering
Degrees Awarded:
Biology (MS), Leadership Studies (Certificate)
Admissions Deadlines:


Admissions Cycle:


Program Start:
Typically Fall
Program Founded:
September, 2010


Program participants may earn up to 6 credit hours based on their Peace Corps service. Tuition costs and fees incurred during Peace Corps service are waived by WKU and not charged to the student. Program participants will be responsible for their own tuition, living, and related costs while on campus.

In addition to financial aid, tuition scholarships may also be available for participants in their final academic semester after completion of Peace Corps service.


Western Kentucky University (WKU) offers a Master of Science (MS) in Biology (non-thesis option) and a Certificate in Leadership Studies.

Completion of both academic programs requires 32 credit hours: the typical timeline for program completion is one year at WKU (comprising 18-24 credit hours of coursework), followed by 27 months of Peace Corps training and service, then a final semester at WKU. A minimum of one credit hour per academic term is required to maintain active enrollment in the university.


In addition to Graduate Studies admission requirements, the Department of Biology requires:

  • • Bachelors degree in biology or equivalent including supporting courses in science and mathematics

    • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

    • GRE general score (quantitative + verbal) 300 if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or 1050 if taken prior to August 1, 2011, and analytical writing score of 3.5. If the GRE has not been taken previously, exam scores from the MCAT (24) or DAT (16) may be substituted.

    • A biology graduate faculty member must be willing to serve as advisor before a student is admitted to the program.

    • Three letters of reference

    • As part of the graduate application, prospective students must include a statement of purpose, in which the applicant must specify the program to which they are applying, indicate their academic and career interests, and summarize relevant experiences.

    Exceptions to possessing a Biology degree may be made for students with undergraduate degrees in biology-related areas. Examples include, but are not limited to the following: agriculture, bioinformatics, biotechnology, botany, ecology, evolution, horticulture, microbiology, natural resource management, zoology. However, additional courses may be required and will be determined by the student’s graduate advisory committee (or graduate advisor for online program students).

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Dr. Lawrence Alice
MI Coordinator

Department of Biology
1906 College Heights Blvd.
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-1080
(270) 745-7029
(270) 745-6856

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