Master of Science in Integrative Biology

KSU’s Master of Science in Integrative Biology (MSIB) degree program will help you understand the links between scientific disciplines, concepts, and organizational scales when working to solve complex life science problems.

M.S. in Integrative Biology = One program in two departments!

Our program integrates through all levels of biological organization, from groups of molecules to communities of organisms - and back! We have two exclusive life sciences departments that work together with the Integrative Biology graduate degree program. Faculty in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology investigate at the organismal level and above. In contrast, faculty in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology tend to explore the cellular level and below.

The MSIB is a research-based program with a curriculum that provides integrative courses and experiences designed to foster connections across the life sciences spectrum. This approach will prepare you to become a scientist who can formulate an appropriate methodology to address complex questions in the biological sciences. 

Integrative Biology is a practical approach to solving complex issues and has been identified by the National Academy of Sciences as an emerging paradigm. 

Tuition waivers and teaching/research assistantships are available!




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Program Snapshot

Program Format: Face-to-Face 

Number of Credit Hours: 36 Total Hours

Entry Terms: Fall

Time to Complete: Two-year Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Priority, January 15th
  • Final, April 1st
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Admissions Requirements

  • Prior to final submission of materials for application, successful candidates will typically have conversed with (via email, telephone, or in-person) at least one tenure-track faculty member in one of the Biology Departments (Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology or Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology) concerning potential thesis research projects and the willingness of the faculty member to accept graduate students. 
  • Online Graduate Application There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
    • This program reviews applications for Fall semesters only. The priority application deadline is January 15th, and the final deadline is April 1st.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • Statement of Interests - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should indicate a research area of interest KSU faculty member that could potentially supervise research within your area of interest. Please also include career goals and background information that may be relevant to succeeding in the MSIB program.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - Can be sent electronically through the online application. Should be from persons familiar with the applicant's potential to complete successful graduate work. 
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Integrative Biology Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Curriculum Flexibility – Whether your future plan includes continuing in higher education in a Doctoral program or professional school or entering a bioscience career, the MSIB program integrates core biological principles with a curriculum that can be customized to fit your area of interests.

  • Thesis-Focused Research – You will work with a faculty adviser in the laboratory or out in the field conducting experiments to develop your thesis research. The mentoring relationship is designed to help you apply the concepts you learn from the coursework to the real world of science.

  • Well-Equipped Research Facilities – The MSIB program is well-equipped to research a wide variety of organisms, including animals, plants, and microorganisms. These resources include the Microscopy Core Facility, Animal Care - Aquatics Facility, Histology Core Facility, and the Joyce and Pegues Memorial Greenhouse, to name a few.

What can you do with an Integrative Biology degree?

  • Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Zoologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Biological Technician
  • Soil and Water Conservationist
  • Forest and Conservation Technician
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Animal Scientist
  • Agricultural Inspector


Integrative Biology Salary and Career Information

Integrative Biology

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
370 Paulding Ave NW, MD #1201
Kennesaw, GA 30144

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Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
370 Paulding Ave NW, MD #1202
Kennesaw, GA 30144

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Phone: 470-578-4377


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