The Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University Northwest offers a five-year combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree Program in Biology. This program is designed to allow students to receive both B.S. and M.S. degree in Biology in five years, as compared to six years needed to complete these degrees separately. This is accomplished by offering a supervised and seamless transition from the B.S. curriculum to the M.S. curriculum. The goal is to better enable our graduates to prepare for competitive positions in today’s job market and/or admission to doctoral level graduate or professional schools.
Students in this program will receive their B.S. degree upon completion of the undergraduate curriculum and their M.S. degree later upon completion of the graduate curriculum requirements.
Thesis and Non-Thesis Option
The graduate portion of the combined program offers both thesis and non-thesis options. Students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences are strongly advised to choose the thesis option. However, additional semesters may be required to complete a thesis research project.
The requirements for admission to the combined program are more stringent than the admission standards for the traditional Master of Science program. The admission process consists of the following two steps:
Initial Conditional Admission
Students should start the application in their junior year after completion of 80 credits toward B.S. in Biology. Students with more than 105 credits toward the B.S. in Biology degree are not eligible for this combined degree program.
Requirement for initial conditional admission
- Current undergraduate student at Purdue University Northwest with a minimum of 80 credits toward B.S. in Biology degree
- Minimum 3.25 GPA
- B- or higher grade in all completed biology core courses
Final Admission to the Graduate Program
After receiving conditional admission to the program, the student is required to submit a Plan of Study for the M.S. in Biology degree. Nine credits of graduate level courses, which are used to satisfy both B.S. and M.S. in Biology degree requirements, must be identified on both the undergraduate and graduate Plan of Study and approved by the Graduate Advisor or the Graduate Committee of the Department of Biological Sciences prior to the last semester of the undergraduate study. Final admission to the graduate program is determined after completion of all course requirements for the B.S. in Biology degree.
Requirement for final admission to the graduate program
- Minimum 3.25 overall GPA
- B- or higher grade in all biology core courses
- B- or higher grade in each of the graduate courses (9 credits) approved for both B.S. and M.S. Plan of Study.
- December 15th for Spring Semester
- August 15th for Fall Semester
- May 15th for Summer Semester
Application must be submitted ONLINE through Purdue University Northwest Graduate School Website. Admission process will begin after the application is completed.
- Create an account for the Graduate School application
- Log into your account and fill out the online application
- Submit the following documents ONLINE:
A Statement of Purpose (300-500 words)
The following should be included in the statement: (1) purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, (2) reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and (3) professional plan, career goals, and research interests. In addition, the applicants may explain any special circumstances applicable to their background and elaborate on their abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications, and/or professional history.
Application fee (payable by credit card; see electronic application for details)
Three letters of references Reference letters may be submitted online. Alternatively, Graduate School Form GS-3, Recommendation for Admission, may be used for paper submission.
GRE Waiver Application for this combined degree program does not need GRE scores.
Submit hard copies of the following supporting documents to:Biological Sciences B.S./M.S. Combined Degree Program
Department of Biological Sciences
Purdue University Northwest
2200 169th St. Gyte 298
Hammond, IN 46323
- A Combined-Degree Request Form (Graduate School Form GS – 27)
- Official transcripts from all universities listed on application. (Non-official transcript from Purdue University Northwest may be used for initial application. Official transcript will be required for final admission.)
Graduate Aide Application
The Department of Biological Sciences offers Graduate Aide positions to qualified graduate students. These positions provide tuition waiver and monthly stipend.
A. Graduate Teaching Aide
Application for Graduate Teaching Aide should be submitted to the department office prior to the following dates for first consideration. Application form is downloadable from department website.
- May 1st for Fall Semester
- November 1st for Spring Semester
Graduate Research Aide
Availability of Graduate Research Aide positions varies from year to year. Only students applying for M.S. program in thesis option are eligible to apply. Application form, which is downloadable from department website, should be submitted to the department prior to March 1st.