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Graduate Studies

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Incoming graduate students, 2019

What attracts graduate students to the Division of Biological Sciences at MU? Most often, students point to the exceptionally productive and well-funded research programs of our faculty, access to cutting-edge research facilities, the quality of the teaching, the collegiality of students and faculty, and the extreme flexibility of our graduate program of study. They also are attracted to our average degree completion of 5.4 years for a Ph.D. (well below the national average of 6.9 years in the life sciences) and the power of the degree, as evidenced by some of our successful alumni.

Our faculty research and graduate training programs are inextricably intertwined. We exploit the breadth and depth of our research strengths to train students to have a deep understanding of their own discipline as well as the skills and experience to think across multiple levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems. We invite you to explore our research strengths and the profiles of our faculty to get a flavor of the exciting research currently underway in the biological sciences at MU.