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Graduate Programs

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Graduate Programs 

Faculty within the Department of Integrative Biology are outstanding biologists with international reputations as excellent researchers. They offer a wide range of research opportunities at all levels of biology, from DNA to ecosystems.  Our department offers both an MSc Biological Sciences research degree and a PhD Biological Sciences research degree.  Due to our location in Canada, many of our graduate students study local species found in the Great Lakes area however, studies are undertaken on species in the arctic, as far west as Vancouver Island, BC, and in the eastern provinces.  Some students travel to the US for their field work, and as far south as Costa Rica.  Our graduates have achieved success at all levels of academia, industry, and government, and have also used their education as a springboard to success in professional programs including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and physical therapy. For more specific information about the type of research undertaken in iBio, check out our Research page and the individual faculty websites on the Faculty page.  If you would like to more information about the Biological Sciences graduate programs from a graduate student perspective, please check out the DBGSA website.

MSc Biological Sciences

Our MSc program is intended for students seeking training in the biological sciences beyond the BSc degree. Students perform a research project with a faculty supervisor over a period of approximately two years, finishing with a presentation and defense of a thesis.  During this time, students also take two or more graduate level courses, perform graduate teaching assistantship (GA) duties in undergraduate courses, and participate in a seminar series. Outstanding students enrolled in the MSc program may transfer directly into the PhD program. For more information, check out the MSc in Biological Sciences subheading (takes you to Grad Studies site).

PhD Biological Sciences

Our PhD program offers opportunities for advanced independent research and study in the biological sciences.  Students perform a research project with a faculty supervisor over a period of three to five years (a two-year minimum applies if students already hold a recognized MSc degree), culminating in a presentation and defense of a dissertation. During this time, students also take a minimum of two graduate level courses, perform graduate teaching assistantship (GA) duties in undergraduate courses and participate in a seminar series. For students approved to transfer from an MSc program, at least one MSc course must be completed before the transfer and two more will be required during the PhD program. For more information, check out the PhD in Biological Sciences subheading (takes you to Grad Studies site).

How to Apply

Interested students should communicate directly with the research faculty in our department (see Faculty and Staff page). Each professor maintains a webpage that explains their research interests and outlines graduate student positions available in their laboratories. Once you have communicated with a prospective supervisor, the application process to the graduate program at the University of Windsor can be completed online (head to the Faculty of Graduate Studies page for more information).

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