Requirements for Biology Submatriculation

Students Must Fulfill the Following Requirements: 
1. Obtain a commitment of research support from a faculty member in the Biology Graduate Group (Primary Research Advisor).

2. Achieve a Grade Point Average of 3.0 in their major field.

3. Complete 3 graduate level lecture courses (400-level or higher) and receive grades of "B" or better in each of them.

4. Take BIOL399 and BIOL499 with your Research Advisor and receive grades of "B" or better.

5. Complete three semesters of BIOL599 (1.5 credits total) with your Research Advisor and receive grades of "B" or better for each semester. BIOL599 application form

6. Attend the Master's Research Symposia.

7. Write and defend a thesis. Consult the Master's Style Guidebook for information on how to format your thesis; you may disregard information about submitting your thesis to the GraduateDivision. The Biology Master's Program Coordinator, Dr. Dustin Brisson, will handle submitting proper forms to the Graduate Division and a copy of your thesis to the library.

Your Thesis Committee will consist of two members: the Chairperson (your Research Advisor) and a reader who will be assigned to your thesis. Your defense may consist of several rounds of edits and questions from both members. Once your thesis has been approved by your Research Advisor and reader, you will need to provide the Biology Graduate office with a copy of your cover page and then pick up forms that your thesis Committee will need to sign. You must return the signed forms to the Biology Graduate office and submit a copy of your signed cover sheet; this cover sheet must be signed by your Research Advisor and your reader. The Master's Program Coordinator will obtain the Graduate Group Chairperson's signature.

You will give one unbound copy of your thesis to the Graduate Office (Room 103, Leidy Laboratories). Your thesis will be sent to the Library for binding and cataloging.

For general questions regarding the Biology Submatriculation Master's Program, please contact Dustin Brisson, the Master's Program Coordinator, at dbrisson@sas.upenn.edu.