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Biology/Marine Biology MS

Our two-year programs provide continued graduate education and research experience in general biology or marine biology.

Areas of study include, but are not limited to:

  • animal behavior
  • coastal ecology
  • computational biology
  • developmental biology
  • evolutionary biology
  • genomics
  • immunology
  • microbiology
  • physiology

To earn a concentration in marine biology, it is expected that your research project has a marine focus, and that your curriculum includes at least one marine biology course.

Students must complete 30 semester credits as follows:

  • 15 are from graduate courses numbered 500 or above
  • 6 may be from courses numbered 400 or above
  • 1 credit of BIO 525 (Graduate Student Seminar)
  • 10 are of thesis-related research 

A minimum 3.0 grade point average must be maintained. At the conclusion of study, the student must present a written thesis of original and independent research, and defend it in an oral examination.

  • animal behavior
  • coastal ecology
  • computational biology
  • developmental biology
  • evolutionary biology
  • genomics
  • immunology
  • microbiology
  • physiology

A limited number of assistantships are available on a competitive basis. This award is subject to the work needs of the position and department, your satisfactory performance of duties, your academic record, and availability of funds, and may be subject to change.

International (F-1) students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). To learn about the eligibility criteria and detailed steps to apply, please review the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) OPT page and USCIS resources. F-1 students must consult with the ISSC to apply for STEM OPT.

University requirements for graduate admissions

  • Statement of Purpose, minimum 300-600 words. Unless otherwise indicated in the program requirement details, indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist us in making assistantship decisions.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless of whether a credential is earned or not). Unofficial transcripts are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled a final official transcript is required.
  • Many programs have specific recommendations/requirements, please see the additional program-specific requirements for more information.
  • International students: official TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE or Duolingo (if accepted by program) score. Unofficial scores are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled official scores are required and must be sent by the testing agency (copies/scans not accepted). This is required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country, see exemptions for more details. The Duolingo test is not accepted for the following programs: Art Education, Biology/Marine Biology, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies & Theory, Marine Science and Technology (MS, PSM, PhD), Nursing (MS, DNP, PhD), Portuguese Studies, Professional Writing and Communication, Psychology (ABA, Clinical, Research), Public Policy, and Teaching (MAT).

Program-specific requirements

Candidates must submit the required application materials, university requirements and program-specific requirements, for consideration.

  • GRE score: unofficial scores are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled official scores are required and must be sent by the testing agency (copies/scans not accepted). GRE requirement is waived for applicants with cumulative baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degree GPA ≥ 3.30.
  • 2 letters of recommendation. Applicants will be required to provide the recommenders name and email address so we can contact the recommender for the letter of recommendation.

Program deadlines