Did you know that the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education offers masters' degrees? That's right. Continuing education takes place at multiple levels, and master's is no exception. Five masters' degrees are offered by this college, which celebrates its one hundredth birthday this year. They are: Master of Biological Sciences (MBS), Master of Liberal Studies (MLS), Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership, Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture, and Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health. In this article, we will take a closer look at the Master of Biological Science degree.
"The Master of Biological Sciences (MBS) is a uniquely flexible graduate program designed to meet the needs of working adults seeking to advance their expertise in a particular area of modern biology." (http://www.cce.umn.edu/Master-of-Biological-Sciences/index.html). Students are admitted for both fall and spring semesters, can be pursued full- time or part-time, both online and in classroom. (ibid). " Both Plan B (research project) and Plan C (coursework only) program options are offered." (ibid). This program is suitable for working adults, because of its numerous options to suit their working schedules and needs.
What is the purpose of this degree, one might ask? Some candidates for this degree include PhD holders who could not secure a job in academia, which are now few and highly competitive. These graduates frequently do not have the training or skills to work in other fields and struggle finding a job outside of academia. To them, a professional master's degree is the solution. (http://cce.umn.edu/documents/DCP/MBS-Nature-Biotech-Article.pdf). Another candidate would be a bachelor's degree holder who wishes to expand his/her options.
In conclusion, there are different types of students who would benefit from a master of biological science degree. The University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education offers this degree, and the deadline to apply for the spring semester is October 15.