The Division of Biology offers 4 graduate degree programs, all of which are research-based and culminate in the defense of a dissertation or thesis. Research in the Division spans the full range of biological organization from biochemistry to ecology. Prospective applicants are encouraged to view our faculty research interests to identify potential mentors.
All graduate students accepted by the Division are guaranteed full financial support for the duration of their degree, contingent on satisfactory progress. The approximately $27,300 stipend is the same for all Biology graduate students regardless of degree program and domestic/international status.
PhD in Biology
The PhD program in Biology trains students to be independent, rigorous and creative scientists in preparation for careers in research, teaching, industry and government. Most Biology PhD students will graduate in 5 years and publish 2-5 papers.
PhD in Microbiology
The PhD program in Microbiology trains students to be independent, rigorous and creative microbiologists in preparation for careers in research, teaching, industry and government. Most Microbiology PhD students will graduate in 5 years and publish 2-5 papers.
MS in Biology
The MS program in Biology provides research training in diverse aspects of the life sciences. Some students will use this as a step towards future doctoral training whereas others will use it to gain the skills needed for specific careers. Most Biology MS students will graduate in 2-3 years and publish 1-2 papers. We do not have a formal MS program in Microbiology but students in Microbiology are eligible for this degree.
Joint BS/MS in Biology
The Joint BS/MS program in Biology provides exceptional K-State undergraduates with the opportunity to earn both BS and MS degrees in Biology in a total of 5 years. This degree program is targeted towards students who are actively engaged in undergraduate research and requires the support of the student’s faculty mentor.