Biological Sciences

Master of Technology in Biology

Statement of Objectives

The goal of the Master of Technology Degree program is to prepare graduates for successful employment and advancement in science and technology fields which contribute to the economic well-being of southeastern Oklahoma. The program develops a knowledge base through three core courses and provides for an option of specialization. Candidates who would benefit from this program include:

Local baccalaureate graduates from the School of Science and Technology who wish to obtain a master’s degree.

Individuals employed in business/industry who wish to develop and broaden their technological and problem-solving abilities.

Individuals in the region who desire an advanced degree for self-satisfaction or position advancement.

Admission requirementsIn addition to admission by the Graduate School, applicants for the Biology option must be approved by the Biological Sciences department. When the applicant is accepted by the Graduate School, the School will forward the student’s application to Biological Sciences for approval.The applicant must request a committee of three faculty members who are willing to serve as the applicant’s advisory committee. One of the committee members will be the student’s advisor. The student and advisor will work out a degree plan of courses that will complete the requirements for the option, and this plan must be approved by the committee. The applicant may be required by the committee to complete some prerequisite courses.Course Requirements

Core Courses 9 hours (Required)

  • CS 5003 Information Technologies
  • STAT 5153 Statistical Analysis
  • TECH 5153 Research Method

Thesis Option: Eighteen hours approved graduate coursework in Biological and/or Physical Sciences, plus thesis research to constitute six hours of Research (BIOL, BOT, CHEM, SCIE or ZOOL 5990).

Non-thesis option: Twenty-one hours of approved graduate coursework in the Biological Sciences and/or Physical Sciences and three hours of Special Studies (BIOL, BOT, CHEM, SCIE or ZOOL 5970).

Options completion requirements

Each student must pass an exit exam, at a level that is satisfactory to the student’s committee and in accordance with the general standards set by the MT Advisory Committee, in order to graduate. This is an individualized test constructed from a test bank of questions to be developed for this purpose. This test will be tailored to the specific courses that the student has taken. The student may retake the exam twice, and a different exam will be used each time, unless special circumstances require the committee to decide otherwise. This exam must be passed with adequate time (generally near the beginning of the final semester) to allow the student to apply for graduation.

Check List for Students in the Master of Technology Program


  • Complete application for admission to Southeastern Oklahoma State University Graduate School (A-307).
  • Submit all official transcripts along with application to the Graduate Office (A-307).
  • Be assigned a graduate advisor by Graduate Office and visit with advisor to discuss degree plan.

Master’s Degree Plan

  • Complete a Degree Plan (obtain this form from your advisor) and place it on file in the Graduate Office by the end of the first semester of graduate study.
  • Admission to Candidacy (On completion of 8 hours and prior to enrolling in 17th hour)
  • Have a 3.00 GPA in all graduate work completed.
  • Complete application for admission to candidacy and place on file in the Graduate Office. (Must have Degree Plan and all official transcripts on file.)


(Apply between second and fifth week of semester in which you plan to graduate)

  • Apply for graduation (A-307). You will need to apply for graduation even if you do not plan on attending the commencement.

Master’s Degree Plan

  • GPA of 3.00 or better (80% of program passed with grade of A or B).
  • Complete a minimum of appropriate graduate hours (depending upon which program you are in).
  • Complete at least 50% of all graduate hours in program at 5000 level.
  • Complete at least 24 hours at SOSU.
  • Hours must be completed within 10 years of graduation.
  • Hours that are 6 to 10 years old will be counted as half credit.
  • Have all official transcripts on file.
  • Complete Master’s exit survey.

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