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Program in Integrative Biology College of Science and Mathematics Kennesaw State University

  • Kennesaw, GA
  • Public
  • Suburban
  • 71%29%
    student ratio
  • 7
    total students
  • $4,662 | $16,794
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 60%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees offered


About the Master of Science in Integrative Biology

The Master of Science in Integrative Biology offered by the Department of Biology and Physics combines traditional research-based graduate training in the field of biology with a strong emphasis on the rapidly emerging paradigm of integrative biology. While students center their research within particular areas of biology based on faculty expertise, the program incorporates through course work and collaboration an integrative approach that spans scales (e.g. molecules, cells, populations, ecosystems) and disciplines (e.g. genetics, physiology, and physics) within biology and outside of biology. It is expected that a student's thesis research will be influenced and enhanced by this approach, so that graduates will be more versatile than conventionally-trained individuals because they can provide connectivity in interdisciplinary teams and adaptability to changing workplace needs in industry, research, and education.

The Master of Science in Integrative Biology program is designed to allow students to complete course work and their thesis research within two academic years. In addition to a thesis generated by original research, the degree will require 36 credit hours total: 11 credit hours Thesis Research, 12 credit hours of required graduate courses (including two Graduate Seminar experiences), and another 13 credit hours of graduate-level electives. Teaching assistantships with tuition remission are available on a competitive basis.

Individuals applying to the program should have a background in biology. Successful candidates will typically have completed requirements for the bachelor degree and demonstrate core competency as reflected by the record of undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, with a degree focus in one of these areas; have scores on the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) above the 50% rank; have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale); and will have conversed with (via email, telephone, or in person) at least one faculty member in the Department of Biology and Physics concerning potential thesis research projects.

About Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University (KSU) is a dynamic and growing institution, now the third largest university in the University System of Georgia, and is located approximately 20 miles north of Atlanta, with easy access to other universities, industries, and natural areas. Facilities include a 104,000 square-foot science building with teaching and research labs, a new 73,500 square foot laboratory addition housing labs dedicated to research and office space for graduate students, a greenhouse, and designated off-campus sites for field research.

Faculty members in the Department of Biology and Physics are strongly committed to student research and to excellence in scholarship, publishing regularly in national and international peer-reviewed journals, and receiving grants and contracts from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, as well as state and local agencies and private foundations. KSU's Biology and Physics Department currently contains collaborative research efforts that integrate subdisciplines and biological scale including genetic-ecological interactions, microbiology host-pathogen interactions, and cell signaling protein interactions. A diverse portion of the permanent full-time faculty members in KSU's Biology and Physics Department are eligible to supervise graduate student research in areas that range across biological scales from biochemistry, cell biology, and microbiology, through genetics, physiology, evolution and development, to ecology, behavior, systematics and environmental science.

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Location & Contact

Program in Integrative Biology

College of Science and Mathematics
Kennesaw State University

1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
United States

Dr. Joe Dirnberger


Phone: 770-423-6546

Ms. Calla Pavlidis

Admissions Counselor

Phone: 770-420-4377
Fax: 770-423-6885

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biological And Biomedical Sciences Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


60% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 15
    • Accepted 9
    • Acceptance Rate 60
    • Enrolled 7
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, two letters of recommendation, and official transcript, statement of interest
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$4,662
    • Out-of-state tuition *$16,794
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students7
    • Female Percentage71%
    • Male Percentage29%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students7
    • Part-time Percentage14%
    • Full-time Percentage86%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian86%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown14%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total FacultyNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage-2147483548%
    • Male Percentage-2147483648%



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