MS Openings – Fall 2018 – DePaul University – Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences at DePaul University (in Chicago, IL) has openings for graduate students who are interested in pursuing thesis-based Master of Science (MS) degrees. Applications for starting in Fall 2018 are currently being accepted. The expertise of our Faculty span the full range of levels of biological organization, and the core areas of study for a MS degree include:
– Ecology, Evolution, and Population Biology
– Genetics, Cell, and Molecular Biology
– Physiology and Neurobiology
The MS program is two years in duration. Most graduate students who are accepted into the program and who maintain satisfactory standing will receive a Graduate Assistantship for both years. Assistantships include a $11,955 stipend during the school year, and tuition waivers for graduate courses required for the degree. Graduate assistant duties usually require about 20 hours of work per week during the regular academic term. Students not requiring an assistantship or tuition waivers are also welcome to apply.
Information about the research interests of our faculty is available from the faculty pages: Students considering applying to the program are encouraged to identify potential advisors they would be interested in working with for their thesis research prior to submitting their application.
The Biological Sciences department is primary housed in the William G. McGowan Biological Sciences Center (and the adjacent Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Science Building), which provides modern research infrastructure, including tissue culture equipment, environmental chambers, a DNA sequencing facility, a confocal microscope, several communal equipment rooms, an animal care facility, and a greenhouse.
A departmental vehicle is also available for field-based research projects.
DePaul’s location in Chicago offers opportunities for collaborative research and use of facilities at a number of neighboring institutions. The Department of Biological Sciences is located on the Lincoln Park Campus that is about 4 miles (6.5 km) north of downtown Chicago, and is host to about 9,000 graduate and undergraduate students; it is a 25-minute walk to the Lincoln Park Zoo, and 30-minute walk to Lake Michigan.
For international students: DePaul’s Biological Sciences degree is a Department of Homeland Security STEM designated program. STEM designation is granted to programs that produce graduates educated in science, technology, engineering and/or math who help support U.S. economic competitiveness and growth. International students who earn degrees from STEM designated programs can qualify to extend their post-graduation stay in the United States for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT provides an opportunity for international students to develop their careers while also helping meet the demand for STEM-educated professionals in the U.S. workforce. To find out more about STEM designated programs, contact the College of Science and Health at or (773) 325-7315.
Completed applications will be reviewed beginning 12 February 2018. Admissions criteria are available here:
For more information about the MS program offered by the Department of Biological Sciences or admission requirements, please contact the Graduate Committee Chair, Dr. Tim Sparkes (; or visit the department’s website:
Dr. Jalene LaMontagne