WKU offers three distinct pathways for you to expand your knowledge of biological sciences, allowing you the freedom to choose the option that works best for you!
The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:
2. Submit Required Materials:
Please note: These are not the same dates listed as application deadlines for the Graduate School.
Deadlines for the Graduate School are simply for processing time, without consideration
to space available, specifically, in the MS or MAE in Biology programs.
Those interested in applying, but unsure if they meet minimum requirements should talk with the advisor for the program. The advisor for the online master’s is Dr. Chandrakanth Emani. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 270-852-6406.
Both thesis and non-thesis options require students to complete a minimum of 30 hours of coursework and have a supervised research experience. The two programs differ in number of courses required and the emphasis on research.
The M.S. in Biology program offers thesis and non-thesis plans. Thesis options (Plan A) comprise Biology, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science. Non-thesis options (Plan B) comprise online, traditional in- residence, and Peace Corps Master's International (32 hours required for both the M.S. in Biology and Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership).
In addition to courses outlines above, students must complete at least 22 hours of elective courses. Online courses may be selected with advisor approval from the list below:
Please note the following as you plan your program of study:
Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.
Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.
If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.
Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress at wku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.
On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an On Demand Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.
All college courses offered by On Demand have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.