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Mission of the program

Our Master's Degree in Biotechnology is a unique graduate program in the life sciences that emphasizes skills for the 21st century biologist. At West Virginia State University, you will learn state-of-the-art Biotechnology as you conduct research that addresses environmental, agricultural, and bio-medical problems. Our program provides instruction in the broad field of Biotechnology, as well as specialized training in sub-disciplines of Biotechnology. With a research-based Master’s in Science (MS) degree, you will be prepared for diverse careers in Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Health Care industries, and Environmental Sciences. Our coursework-based Master’s of Arts (MA) degree is especially suited for the career advancement of professional educators. 

About the Program

The West Virginia State University Biotechnology Graduate Program is housed within the Department of Biology. It consists of 13 Ph.D. faculty and some 20 students. In addition, our affiliation with the Research Scientists of the Gus R. Douglass Institute for Land Grand Research provides opportunities to choose from a surprisingly diverse variety of research projects. 

Curriculum and Program Options

We divide the broad field(s) of Biotechnology into two areas of concentration: Organismal/Environmental and Molecular/Microbial. Biotechnology education is built on five core courses: Current Concepts in Biotechnology (lecture), two semesters of Techniques in Biotechnology (lab), Biostatistics, and Biotechnology Seminar. All students teach two semesters of undergraduate courses.
The MS Degree continues with four electives in your chosen areas of concentration, plus research, writing, defense, and public presentation of your own Master’s Degree thesis work.
The MA Degree continues with six electives in your chosen area of concentration, plus a comprehensive exam covering your Master’s coursework.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are awarded to students on an annual basis, without regard to financial status, race, sex, age, color, religion, disability, national origin or ethnic origin. Our assistantships (teaching or research) not only provide you with valuable training and experience, they also come with a tuition waiver and a stipend for two semesters (contact us for the current amount). Over 90% of our students are fully supported with assistantships.  

Admission Requirements 

1. Application Form
2. Statement of Purpose
3. 3 Letters of Professional Recommendation
4. Official GRE scores (minimum Verbal 140/Quantitative 150)
5. Application fee ($25 in-state, $35 out-of-state)

Additional Requirements for International Students

6. Evaluation of transcripts by an evaluator such as WES or ECE
7. Official TOEFL score of at least 80 or IELTS score of at least 7
8. Affidavit of Financial Support for at least $10,000
9. Proof of immunization in an official document from a physician indicating dates of immunization (Mumps/Measles/Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B, Meningococcal Meningitis)

For more information and necessary application forms see the Graduate Student Manual or contact Dr. Richard Ford, the Biotechnology Program Coordinator.

Dr. Richard Ford

All documents can be mailed to:
101 Hamblin Hall
West Virginia State University
PO Box 1000
Institute, WV  25112-1000

All admission materials need to be submitted by March 15, 2014 for full consideration for the Fall 2014 semester or October 15, 2014 for full consideration for the Spring 2015 semester.

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