Accelerated Master's Program

The Accelerated Master's Program in Biology offers students the opportunity to start work on their master's degree while they complete their bachelor's degree. While this AMP leads to a master's degree in biology, the program coursework is focused specifically on biotechnology.

Students enrolled in the Accelerated Master's Program in Biology can take up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework while they are working towards completing their bachelor's degree and double count up to 9 credit hours toward fulfilling requirements for both their bachelor's degree and master's degree. This allows students to earn graduate credit while paying undergraduate tuition. Students can find more information about how the Accelerated Master's Program works, the benefits, and what to expect by clicking the link below.

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Accelerated Master's Program in the Department of Biology

The AMP in Biology is designed so students can earn both their bachelor's and master's in a total of five years. During the fifth year, students will be enrolled in the master's degree program and will be eligible to apply for a research assistantship or teaching assistantship. Graduate assistantships cover the cost of tuition and provides a stipend designed to cover the cost of living while completing their degree.

The Department of Biology offers both Master of Science and Master of Arts options. The MS degree program requires a substantial research project that culminates in a thesis. The MA degree requirements can be fulfilled entirely by coursework, although students are encouraged to seek opportunities to participate in research. More information about requirements for the MA and MS degree programs is available at Master's Degree Program in Biology. Click the link below to see a sample schedule of coursework a student in the AMP in Biology might take during their last undergraduate year and their year in the graduate program. 

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To apply for the AMP option, students must have earned a minimum of 75 credit hours (at least 30 must be earned at Ball State) with an overall GPA of 3.25. Applicants must complete the Graduate School’s application and submit a statement of purpose, a resume, and two letters of recommendation.

Prospective applicants should contact Jess Ward at, for information regarding the Accelerated Master's Program in Biology.