Biology and Plant Biology, M.S. and Ph.D.

The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biology and Plant Biology are offered by the WSU School of Biological Sciences. You may pursue these degrees on the Vancouver campus, under the guidance and supervision of Vancouver-based science faculty.

Faculty advisors in the Biology and Plant Biology degree programs:

For details about the program, visit the School of Biological Sciences Graduate Studies website.

How to apply

Because graduate students work closely with faculty in pursuing their research, you should line up a potential mentor before applying. Explore our faculty research pages to find a faculty member whose research in Biology or Plant Biology fits with your own, then contact that person to discuss applying to graduate school at WSU Vancouver.

All students applying to the M.S. or Ph.D. programs in Biology and Plant Biology must submit their materials to the WSU Graduate School through the online application portal. However, students who wish to apply to work with WSU Vancouver-based faculty must follow the instructions on our how to apply page.


Research and teaching assistantships are available to support graduate students working toward the M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology and Plant Biology on the Vancouver campus. Additional funding sources (e.g. fellowships) to support research may be available through the WSU School of the Biological Sciences. In addition, many of our students are supported by highly competitive fellowships from the National Science Foundation and other programs.