What You’ll Learn
Our master’s program gives you skills in fields like molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, cell and developmental biology, physiology, and more. You’ll learn, do research and have the opportunity to teach as well, with our teaching assistantships.
We also offer a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree, a unique program that allows you to earn both degrees in just 5 years.
We offer three plans of study for the program:
- Plan I is a thesis-based program that incorporates original experimental research.
- Plan II is a non-thesis-based program with a more flexible course of study. The program is ideal for professionals currently employed as teachers, medical technologists, and lab technicians, and it requires an independent research experience.
- Professional Science Master is an interdisciplinary non-thesis program for students interested in working in positions that interface between research and management.
Curriculum & Learning Outcomes
A biology master’s degree sets you up for pursuing a PhD, MD, or DMD for work in a hospital, nursing home, or other medical-related fields.
Some graduates use the degree to advance their career as a PreK-12 or college-level educator. Others use the degree to gain research science positions in laboratories that apply biotechnology to solve problems in medicine, industry, agriculture, or the regulation of drug approval. Many graduates also hold management positions in biomedical organizations.
All applicants must complete the multi-step process managed by the Center for Graduate Studies.
- Determine your applicant type
- Submit application
- Request all official transcripts
- Review and submit required application materials through the Application Status Portal
- International applicants must also submit international materials
- Fall Semester: July 15
- Spring Semester: November 15
- Summer Semester: June 1
Complete applications received after the published deadline are welcome and will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
Contribute to the understanding of life processes as you prepare for a career. Faculty-led research is a great opportunity to apply your studies, and focus your professional goals.
We’re solving mysteries every day — in cancer cell growth, gene expression, brain chemistry, organ physiology, and more. You’ll help discover groundbreaking findings, and might even get published while doing it.
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Small Classes, Big Relationships
“Since it is a smaller school, I’ve gotten to know all my biology professors and chemistry professors. I’ve had great experiences doing research in the genetics lab with Dr. Sia.” Allyson Burkhart ’15