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Biology (MA)

Degree Overview

The Master of Arts (MA) in Biology Program is designed to prepare the student for a career in biology, environmental science, or for advanced study in these fields.

The MA in Biology program offers a flexible program of study with both a thesis and non-thesis track. As students progress through the program, they will develop a strong scientific philosophy, apply sound scientific thinking to analyze biological issues in society, develop skills needed for employment within the field of biology, and expand the breadth and depth of scientific knowledge.

Requirements and Curriculum

MA Biology

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Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree preferably with (but not limited to) a major or minor in biology or an allied discipline and at least 2 semesters each of chemistry, physics, and mathematics from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee


Online and on-campus courses offered in the evenings with some day courses during the summer.

Total Credits

36 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

Students pursuing the thesis track engage in focused research to develop a thesis that must be defended.  Students also complete coursework and field-based experiences as part of this program.

Career Opportunities

  • Wildlife Management
  • Research Lab
  • Hospital Clinics

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