School of Biological Sciences

Graduate Studies

Welcome to SBS Graduate Studies

Our graduate program offers outstanding training opportunities for students seeking M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in biology or plant biology. We also offer a non-thesis M.S. degree in biology. We currently have approximately 75 graduate students advised by faculty in the School.

Our program has substantial funding available for graduate students. Our graduate students receive stipends through teaching or research assistantships with accompanying tuition waivers and health benefits. Endowments provide for generous student awards to facilitate student training, research, and professional travel. Modern, well-equipped research laboratories assigned to individual faculty investigators provide strong homes for graduate student training and research. Additionally, the School of Biological Sciences is home to a number of easily-accessible shared facilities, including the Franceschi Microscopy and Imaging Center, a stable isotope core laboratory, a vivarium, several greenhouses, plant growth chambers, the Marion Ownbey Herbarium, the Conner Museum of Natural History, and modern molecular facilities. Our graduate experience is highly collaborative and intellectually rich: graduate students have an active Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) and interact with each other and faculty in diverse settings that range from laboratory meetings and numerous reading groups to weekly seminars and inter-university events. Students have opportunities to take courses and collaborate with researchers at the University of Idaho (eight miles away), thereby widening the scope of research, education, and collaboration opportunities available to them. For more information, please see our Graduate Student Handbook.

Our graduates have been highly successful. M.S. degree students publish, on average, one peer-reviewed article from their work at WSU, and Ph.D. students publish an average of three articles. M.S. students often continue on to pursue doctoral degrees. Our Ph.D. students usually advance their careers as postdoctoral researchers and attain faculty positions at colleges or universities. For example, recent graduates are faculty members at Cornell University, Purdue University, Kansas State University, University of North Carolina, University of Massachusetts, University of Idaho, University of Wyoming, University of Arizona, and University of Puget Sound. Former students also hold positions in government agencies, such as the U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

We wish you the best from the School of Biological Sciences at WSU; please do not hesitate to contact or me at if you have any questions.

Go Cougs!
Andrew Storfer
Associate Director for Graduate Studies

School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, PO Box 644236, Pullman WA 99164-4236, 509-335-3553, Contact Us
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