The Graduate Program in Biological Sciences
The Department of Biological Sciences offers four graduate degrees:
- Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (The majority of our students)
- M.S. with thesis in Biological Sciences
- M.S. without thesis in Biological Sciences
- M.S. in Biotechnology
What are you looking for in a graduate degree?
Whether you want to teach at a university, be a principal investigator in an industrial biotechnology or government research laboratory, head a diagnostic laboratory, or utilize your biological training in the study of patent law, Duquesne University is the right choice for your graduate degree. These goals are within your reach with a graduate degree in Biological Sciences offered by Duquesne.
The Duquesne Difference
At Duquesne University you can conduct cutting-edge research in small collegial labs...
...with state-of-the-art equipment and personal attention from faculty who embrace their roles as researchers and mentors.
You will become an integral member of one of our research teams...
...with the expectation of authoring research papers published in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals as well as presenting your research findings at national and international meetings.
To remain at the forefront of innovative scientific research, Duquesne continually invests in its laboratory facilities and technology.
As a result, our laboratory equipment, which is shared across all departments in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, is comparable to what is available at other large universities.
All students in our Ph.D. program are supported by either teaching or research assistantships.
In addition to receiving a competitive stipend, tuition and most university fees are waived. A research-based M.S. degree with thesis is available for students who are supported by research grants and not by teaching assistantships. Students pursuing a M.S. without thesis or a M.S. in Biotechnology are typically not financially supported by the university.
Most Ph.D. students spend at least one year as a teaching assistant.
During this time, they will be responsible for undergraduate laboratory sections, including presenting oral instructions, supervising laboratory activities, construction of test materials, and presenting and grading examinations.
Collaborative interdepartmental research is possible with individuals in the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, and Allied Health Sciences, as well as the School of Pharmacy.
While the majority of the thesis research must be completed in the Biology Department, graduate students in our program are often involved in training opportunities in laboratories outside of our department.
The Department of Biological Sciences is a close-knit and friendly environment.
With approximately 35 graduate students in the department, there is ample opportunity to get to know your classmates. GsOBs (Gees 'o Bees) is the Graduate Student Organization of Biological Sciences, which is organized and run by and for biology graduate students. WiP (work in progress) is a graduate student operated monthly brown bag seminar in which current student research is presented and discussed.
The Duquesne University Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology, as well as the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, are options for grad student participation. The Department of Biological Sciences hosts the Pittsburgh Bacteriology Meeting in March where graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from universities in the Western Pennsylvania region present their research results.