Missouri Western’s unique graduate program is designed for students and professional scientists seeking a competitive edge in the life science industry.

The Master of Applied Science in Industrial Life Science degree provides advanced training in biology and chemistry, while simultaneously developing business and communication skills. The curriculum is characterized as science-plus, combining a rigorous study of biology and chemistry with skills-based coursework in business fundamentals, economics, regulatory affairs, intellectual property, project management, and skills-oriented training in communications, data driven decision making, and working in teams.

The demand for qualified scientists and leaders continues to rise, including careers in business, government and nonprofit organizations, where they will be able to manage research team breakthroughs, serve in quality assurance roles, and interact with researchers and managers in other departments.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or a closely related discipline
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
  • Submit a personal statement describing career goals.
  • Submit two letters of professional reference.

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Dr. Jason Baker

Dr. Jason Baker

Department of Biology
Graduate Coordinator
(816) 271-4380

Student in the science lab
Professional Core
MGT 604Organizational Behavior Management3
MAS 695Graduate Colloquium3
Communication Skills - Select 2 courses from the following (6 credits)6
Professional and Organizational Communications
Writing for Management and Supervision
Multilingual Graduate Writing
Technical Communications Theory and Practice
Proposal and Grant Writing
Professional Skills - Select 2 courses from the following (6 credits)6
Foundations of Professional Ethics
Managerial Economics
Technical Analysis for Decision Making
Strategic Marketing
Industrial Life Science Required Courses
ILS 520Laboratory Safety and Management3
ILS 530Principles of Quality Assurance3
ILS 640Principles of Industrial Scale-up and Production3
ILS 680Intellectual Property in the Scientific Setting2
Science Elective Courses
Select six credit hours of the following not previously taken for undergraduate credit:6
Molecular Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Molecular Basis of Disease
Graduate Internship in Biology
Graduate Topics in Chemical Instrumentation
Graduate Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Chemical Methods
Graduate Topics in Biochemistry
Graduate Internship in Chemistry
500/600 level course approved by the program admissions committee
Total Credit Hours35

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.
  4. Official approval of required Master Educator Experience (or capstone).
Are you ready to declare a program of study? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the program director.

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