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Biological Sciences - Master's and Doctorate

Availability: Hattiesburg Options*

Why pursue graduate education in biology?

Graduate study in the biological sciences leads toward the master's and doctoral degrees. The biology program typically has 60-70 full-time students pursuing graduate degrees, half of which are doctoral students. Graduate students join active research programs in molecular biology and microbiology, coastal and marine biology, and ecology and evolutionary biology. Faculty productivity in these areas results in extramural funding, scholarship of discovery and application, and graduate student activity.

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1-6Students per Faculty Laboratory
 >70 student presentations or publications yearly
>70student presentations or publications yearly

What Will I Learn?

Graduate students develop a program of study and research in close collaboration with a faculty mentor and advisory committee. Students typically complete a doctoral program in five to six years and a master's program in two to three years. Graduates of the department are enjoying careers with governmental agencies, health facilities, industry, academic and research institutions, and in public education.

Research Profiles

Our graduate program is research based. Each graduate student must conduct research and write a thesis under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Each faculty member selects applicants with whom he/she would like to work. Applicants should contact the faculty member in whose lab they would like to do research. For information on faculty research programs, view our faculty directory to search for individual faculty members and areas of expertise.


Degree Plan Availability
Biological Sciences PhDHattiesburg
Science Education (Biological Sciences) PhDHattiesburg
Biological Sciences MSHattiesburg
Education (Biological Sciences) MSHattiesburg
Science Education (Earth Science) PhDHattiesburg
Science Education (Earth Science) MSHattiesburg

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School of Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences

103 Bobby Chain Technology Center (TEC) 
118 College Dr. #5018
Hattiesburg, MS 39406


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  • Research Scientist
  • State or Federal Agency
  • College University Professor
  • Non-Governmental Organization
  • Dr. Paul Mickle, 2010, 
    Chief Scientist at Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
  • Dr. Rebekah Bullard, 
    Postoctoral Fellow, Louisiana State University
  • Dr. Davida Crossley, 2015, 
     Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University at Alexandria
  • Dr. Jennifer Owen, 2004, 
    Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Tharangamala Samarakoon, 2015, 
    Herbarium Curator, Emory University
  • Dr. Amber Paul, 2017, 
    NASA Posdoctoral Fellow