Non-Thesis Masters Program

If you have the talent, we have the opportunity.


The non-thesis M.S. in Biology degree program in the Department of Biological Sciences is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced studies in professional and graduate school or various vocational opportunities in biological sciences and related areas. The non-thesis track is designed for students whose career goals require graduate education, but not formal research experience, such as teaching at the community college/regional college level. The program provides the opportunity for broad training as well as specialization in areas of particular interest through the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCD) concentration and the Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B) concentration. Students should consult with their major advisor and Supervisory Committee when choosing a concentration and selecting a plan of study.

Early Entry Master’s Program In this program up to 12 credit hours of graduate level 5000/6000 BIOL courses may taken as an undergraduate and also be credited toward the Master’s degree. In other words, graduate work will be “double-counted” for both your undergraduate and graduate degrees. An additional 3 credit hours may be taken during your undergraduate program for the undergraduate tuition rate and then subsequently applied to the MS degree.


  • Total of 30 credit hours to include 4 courses core curriculum, minimum 6 electives, and 2 credits tutorial
  • Core required curriculum includes BIOL8101 Hypothesis Testing, BIOL8102 Cellular and Molecular Biology, BIOL8140 Evolutionary Biology, BIOL 8260 Careers in Bioscience: Professional Development
  • Oral qualifying examination.
  • Capstone project or paper to be submitted and approved by the mentor and supervisory committee for graduation.
  • Average time to completion of the Master’s degree in the program currently is 2 years.
  • Need-based tuition assistance determined by FASFA filings may be made by the Graduate School; however, non-thesis Master’s students are not typically eligible for teaching or research assistantships.

Financial Aid

Teaching and Research Assistantships
North Carolina Residency

M.S. Students


Graduate Faculty


For more information contact:

Adam Reitzel, Ph.D.

Professor and MS and Ph.D. Graduate Programs Director
Department of Biological Sciences, Woodward Hall 381A
9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte NC 28223