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Doctor of Arts (D.A.) in Biology

General Information

Approved by the Graduate Education Committee: 3/9/2015

The Doctor of Arts degree was established as a terminal degree in response to pressure to emphasize college and university teaching as an integral part of the attainment of an advanced degree. It was intended to develop the skills of people interested in teaching at the undergraduate level.

The first D. A. program was established at Carnegie-Mellon University in the Fall of 1967. The Committee on Graduate Studies of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States both sanctioned the D.A. in 1970. The Carnegie Foundation subsequently funded it, providing seed money to 10 Universities, including Idaho State, to institutionalize the degree.

Please see the Thesis and Dissertation Archive for a list of Doctor of Arts Program graduates.

Additional Admission Requirements

All candidates for the program must have at least a 3.0 GPA for the last two years of undergraduate work, scores in the 35th percentile or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) that is no more than 5 years old, a score for the GRE subject area test in Biology (required) and is expected to have completed a Master's degree prior to entrance into the program. If a student enters the program without having completed the Master's level research paper in biology or a related science she/he must complete this requirement in addition to the D.A. degree requirements.