Master's of Science in Integrated Sciences

The Master of Science in Integrated Sciences program offers interdisciplinary training in the area of cross-cutting biological, physical and mathematical sciences with three concentrations, biology, chemistry, and physics, and a professional track covering data analytics, science education, engineering, informatics, management, and statistics. Students will obtain greater in- depth preparation in one of these disciplines. The program offers both classroom and laboratory experiences and concludes with a master's thesis, aiming to prepare students for advanced studies toward a doctoral degree or a research career in industry and governmental agencies. The professional track will be offered for working professionals who desire to enrich their career in a list of disciplines: Data analytics, science education, engineering, informatics, management, and statistics.

ADMISSION POLICY

 

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Science in Integrated Sciences program, an applicant must:

  • Have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, preferably in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, or other sciences or health-related areas.
  • Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale to be considered for regular admission. Students who possess a cumulative undergraduate GPA between a 2.5 and 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission.
  • Submit an application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). All required documents must be submitted as directed by the School of Graduate Studies prior to program review and admission decision.
  • Use the application system to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted with the application. These letters must be from faculty members of institutions previously attended by the applicant and who are acquainted with the applicant's ability to undertake graduate studies. Employment supervisors with such knowledge of the applicant may also provide letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a Statement of Study regarding the candidate's personal academic and professional plans and the reasons for selecting Morgan State University.

Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements and submitting all the required documents does not guarantee that an offer of admission will be made. The decision of the Program Admissions Committee involves a review and analysis of all the elements of the application as well as the availability of positions in the program. The committee then recommends to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies that an offer of admission be made based on that review.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS


All candidates for the degree must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours and elect a concentration of study in biology, chemistry, or physics. All candidates must pass two comprehensive examinations: one covers the content of the core courses and the other covers the concentration courses. Students must complete a written thesis and successfully defend in public. For students choosing the non-thesis track, coursework will be taken instead of a thesis. Core Courses (Required of all students)

  • SCIE 501 Scientific Communication and Ethics 3
  • SCIE 502 Research Techniques 3
  • SCIE 503 Computational Methods in Research 3

Total Credit Hours 9

Students who choose to pursue a concentration in biology, chemistry or physics will take 12 credit hours of coursework in the chosen concentration plus the Thesis Research and Thesis Defense from the specific concentration. Professional track students may choose any elective courses approved by the Program Director.

The School of Graduate Studies further requires Master of Science in Integrated Sciences students to maintain a cumulative average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale ("B") in the program of study and a 3.0 cumulative overall average for all courses taken on the graduate level. However, "C" grades may not count for more than 20 percent of total credit hours applied toward satisfying degree requirements. Required graduate courses with a grade of "F" must be repeated. All other graduate coursework may not be repeated.