Masters of Science in Biology

Compare 97 Master of Science Programs in Biology

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Masters degrees are postgraduate degrees that allow degree-seekers to pursue a more highly specialized field of study. Masters degrees are ideal for career-oriented individuals who are looking to advance in a field they are already a part of or who have a very clear idea what kind of job they are looking for when they leave school and enter the working world.

The answer to the question, what is an MSc in Biology, lies in understanding how education in the biological sciences is structured. At many institutions, Masters degrees are further specialized into Plant Biology, Animal Biology, Molecular Biology, and other related fields. The degree program is made up of lectures, lab work, and independent research projects.

An MSc in Biology allows a higher degree of specialization than an undergraduate degree in any of the natural science fields. In addition, many institutions have labs and facilities that are only available to students perusing their post graduate degrees, so Masters students have access to more equipment.

The cost of an MSc in Biology varies between institutions. The degree usually takes two years of full-time study to complete, however, so the cost of tuition should be planned accordingly.

Students who pursue an MSc in Biology often choose a career in research or teaching. Many also go on to earn a doctoral degree in the same field, which is often required for positions at top labs and schools in the United States and around the world.

There are a number of reasons to consider pursuing an MSc in Biology online. Online classes allow students to study according to their own schedule so they are ideal for working professionals or other busy individuals. It is also ideal for people in remote areas that are not convenient to classrooms.

 

Many fine schools around the world offer Masters degrees in Biology. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Science in Biology

Fort Hays State University Graduate School
Campus Full time Part time 30 - 36 hours August 2017 USA Wichita USA Online + 2 more

The graduate program in biology provides you with flexibility to pursue advanced study in such areas as biology, botany, conservation biology, ecology, fisheries biology, microbiology, [+]

Master of Science in Biology

 

The graduate program in biology provides you with flexibility to pursue advanced study in such areas as biology, botany, conservation biology, ecology, fisheries biology, microbiology, rangeland biology, systematics, wildlife biology, and zoology.

Graduate curricula are not specified as such; rather programs are designed with your major professor and graduate committee, according to your individual needs and career goals. Your graduate study can lead to a terminal Master of Science degree or prepare you for acceptance into a doctoral program at another university. All graduate programs designed for research professions or doctoral programs include a research project and thesis developed in consultation with your major professor and graduate committee. The thesis defense consists of an oral presentation of your results that is open to the public, followed by a closed session with your advisor and thesis committee. You must also successfully complete a comprehensive oral exam. More information may be obtained from the Graduate School.If you want to pursue a graduate degree as a secondary teacher in biology, or if you desire a "general" master's degree, you may select the non-thesis option, which requires additional coursework and a research paper in lieu of a thesis. An oral presentation is not required for the non-thesis option, but the comprehensive oral exam is. For information about options for a summer-only program for secondary teachers, contact the department chair.... [-]


Master of Science in Biology

University of Central Arkansas
Campus Full time 30 - 34 hours September 2017 USA Conway

Advanced knowledge of biological principles and research methodology is often required for positions in industrial, research and educational organizations or for admission to doctoral or professional programs. Students in the Master of Science program are provided instruction in a breadth of biology sub-disciplines and have the opportunity to conduct focused research guided by graduate faculty in an area of their choice. The objectives of the Master of Science program are to develop the student’s independent research skills, to strengthen the student’s scientific communication abilities, and to enhance the student’s likelihood of gaining employment in a biological field or successful admission into doctoral and professional programs. [+]

Purpose Advanced knowledge of biological principles and research methodology is often required for positions in industrial, research and educational organizations or for admission to doctoral or professional programs. Students in the Master of Science program are provided instruction in a breadth of biology sub-disciplines and have the opportunity to conduct focused research guided by graduate faculty in an area of their choice. The objectives of the Master of Science program are to develop the student’s independent research skills, to strengthen the student’s scientific communication abilities, and to enhance the student’s likelihood of gaining employment in a biological field or successful admission into doctoral and professional programs. For admission, students need to submit the following: Application to Graduate School Biology application sent to the Biology Graduate Coordinator. All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Biology faculty to identify a prospective advisor(s). Applicants who have not communicated with faculty are unlikely to be admitted. Scores for the GRE general test sent to the Graduate School. Also, report your scores directly to the Biology Graduate Coordinator. For a teaching assistantship, students need to submit the following: Application for a teaching assistantship sent to the Graduate School. Recommendations and deadlines on obtaining a teaching assistantship can be found at the following file. At least two letters of recommendation sent to the Biology Graduate Coordinator. Applicants have usually completed at least the equivalent of a minor in biology; however, we welcome applications from students with non-biology backgrounds. Deficiencies in previous training will be evaluated by... [-]

Biology

International University Alliance
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Boston

The Master of Science in Biology degree allows students to develop critical skills and pursue research in diverse areas of biology including the fields of biochemistry, biological oceanography, botany, cellular and molecular biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology and zoology. [+]

MSc Degrees in Biology. Biology The Department of Biological Sciences provides training and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide range of biological disciplines. On any given day, Biological Sciences faculty and their students may be diving on a coral reef in the Florida Keys, cruising through the Everglades on an airboat, hiking through a tropical rainforest, or breaking new ground in the laboratory. Curriculum Our curriculum is rigorous and provides a background in critical thinking, research, and communications skills. Undergraduate models Our undergraduate majors have successfully entered careers in the life sciences in public, private and non-profit organizations. Graduate degrees Our graduate degrees are designed to prepare the next generation of research scientists for academics, government, and industry. Active research The research interests of our faculty span many levels of biological organization from molecules to ecosystems, and include both field and laboratory-based studies in marine, terrestrial, and freshwater environments. A world of knowledge is waiting Our mission is to educate broadly trained life scientists, to carry out basic and applied biological research, to disseminate the results of our research, and to provide meaningful service to the University, the local community, and the world. M.S. in Biology The Master of Science in Biology degree allows students to develop critical skills and pursue research in diverse areas of biology including the fields of biochemistry, biological oceanography, botany, cellular and molecular biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology and zoology. Students in the program work with a faculty adviser who directs... [-]

Master of Science in Biotechnology

Claflin University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Orangeburg

Are you interested in working with renowned faculty to develop transgenic plants with the promise for use in vaccinations against malaria, hepatitis C and other diseases? We invite you to learn more about Biotechnology at Claflin. [+]

Are you interested in working with renowned faculty to develop transgenic plants with the promise for use in vaccinations against malaria, hepatitis C and other diseases? We invite you to learn more about Biotechnology at Claflin. Curriculum The program requires two years of coursework and research, culminating with a production of a master’s thesis. According to their interests, backgrounds and career goals, students can choose from three parallel tracks. Students must complete 16 credit hours in core courses, 8 credit hours in track-specific courses, nine credit hours in faculty mentored research, and four credit hours in seminar for a total of 37 credit hours. Sample Courses Genetic Engineering I & II Genetic Engineering Lab I & II Immunology & Pathobiology Introduction to Biostatitis Teaching & Leadership Research Ethics Research I & II Seminars I—IV Thesis Preparation Special Topics Student Opportunities and Experience We have state-of-art Forensic DNA Laboratories with certifications from the Federal Government when you complete the courses and the Forensic Units while studying at Claflin University. As a graduate student you may specialize in Forensics, Molecular or Agricultural Biotechnology or Bioinformatics. All are highly desired and competitive areas of research and development with boundless employment prospects in crime laboratories, with industry and in academics. Our faculty is able to support a broad range of specialist research projects and provide superior one-on-one mentoring. All students will gain hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge in topics ranging from the latest developments in recombinant DNA technology to non-technical issues that must be... [-]

Master's Degree In Animal Production And Natural Resources

Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua
Campus Full time 4 months July 2017 Mexico Chihuahua

The program is aimed at the integral formation of human resources at the graduate level, to engage in generation, validation and / or transfer of knowledge and training of professionals, are responsive to innovative proposals and supported knowledge to demands solution to the problem of animal production systems, sustainable use and exploitation of natural resources in Chihuahua, Mexico and even beyond. [+]

MSc Degrees in Biology. The program is aimed at the integral formation of human resources at the graduate level, to engage in generation, validation and / or transfer of knowledge and training of professionals, are responsive to innovative proposals and supported knowledge to demands solution to the problem of animal production systems, sustainable use and exploitation of natural resources in Chihuahua, Mexico and even beyond. To do this, the program develops in the student different generic and specialty skills in four areas of expertise: Animal Nutrition, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Natural Resources Management and Technology of Animal Products. Mission and Vision MISSION To train specialized human resources with comprehensive skills to contribute to sustainable development through the generation, application, dissemination and transfer of knowledge to problem solving and innovation in animal production systems and care and responsible use of natural resources, for a better quality of life in the regional and national context. VISION 2018 The program Master of Science in Animal Production and Natural Resources is a national and international reference, with high social relevance, recognized by the academic productivity impact of its results and the quality in the training of human resources committed to the generation and application responsible and innovative knowledge to solve problems of the food industry, natural resources and the environment. It has high-level academic bodies, able to analyze and design solutions from various technological, economic, social and environmental dimensions through projects articulated in collaborative networks that contribute to the strengthening of the Faculty and... [-]

MSc in Biochemistry

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 semesters March 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

The primary purpose of the MSc in Biochemistry minor-dissertation with coursework is to provide students with specialised advanced education and training while meeting the requirements of a specific research component so that students can master the required experimental and technological skills and necessary fieldwork competencies such as innovation, decision-making, strategic thinking and organizational skills. A minor-dissertation with coursework MSc in Biochemistry consists of a minimum of 120 credits of research at level 8 in the form of a research project, written up as a minor-dissertation. [+]

The primary purpose of the MSc in Biochemistry minor-dissertation with coursework is to provide students with specialised advanced education and training while meeting the requirements of a specific research component so that students can master the required experimental and technological skills and necessary fieldwork competencies such as innovation, decision-making, strategic thinking and organizational skills. A minor-dissertation with coursework MSc in Biochemistry consists of a minimum of 120 credits of research at level 8 in the form of a research project, written up as a minor-dissertation. The degree demands a high level of intellectual and theoretical knowledge and insight into problems related to the field of study and of critical reasoning, formulation, analysis and evaluation of a specific problem in the field of study. Master’s Degree studies consist of a guided research project that must be submitted in the form of a dissertation at the end of the study period. The curriculum consists of: A dissertation and such additional research work as may be prescribed by the Departmental Head. Please note: Admission to the Master’s programme is subject to approval by the Department. [-]

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Luis Obispo

This degree program is designed to prepare students for many types of biological work that require advanced training beyond the bachelor's degree, including careers in industry and/or civil service, teaching biological sciences at the elementary, secondary, and community college levels, independent research in the field of specialization, or continued graduate work at other institutions. A research thesis is required. [+]

MSc Degrees in Biology. About the Program The Master of Science in Biological Sciences program is designed to prepare students for many types of biological work that require advanced training beyond the bachelor's degree, including careers in industry and/or civil service, teaching biological sciences at the elementary, secondary, and community college levels, independent research in the field of specialization, or continued graduate work at other institutions. A research thesis is required. The Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly takes Learn by Doing seriously. Over three-fourths of our courses include a lab section. That means our students spend most of their time out in the field collecting data or in the lab running experiments on modern equipment – not sitting at desks. We’re located on California’s Central Coast, the hub of pristine ocean, coastal marine, estuary, riparian, mountain and grassland environments. These unparalleled “living laboratories” are ideal for study and research on plant, aquatic and animal species in a variety of thriving ecosystems. We offer the latest high-tech equipment allowing our students to study life on a molecular level. Those students headed to a medical career can take specialized anatomy classes and labs usually offered to first-year med school students. Curriculum The program of study for all Master’s Degrees must include 45 units of committee approved graduate work, at least 30 units of which must be at the 500 level. At least 18 units of the formal program of study must be completed after the student has been advanced to candidacy.... [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences

University of Turku
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Turku

Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences offers extensive training in modern biosciences and/or digital health engineering. The students graduating from this cross-disciplinary programme will have acquired scientific and analytical skills, expertise in present theories and up-to-date technologies as well as practical skills including teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills in an international environment. The acquired methodological skills and advanced knowledge allow the students to continue their career paths in academia or industry. [+]

masters.utu.fi Master's Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences Extensive cross-disciplinary training for future experts! Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences offers extensive training in modern biosciences and/or digital health engineering. The programme offers four different tracks: Health Technology, Medical Analytics and Health Internet-of-Things, Bioinformatics and Molecular Systems Biology. The students graduating from this cross-disciplinary programme will have acquired scientific and analytical skills, expertise in present theories and up-to-date technologies as well as practical skills including teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills in an international environment. The acquired methodological skills and advanced knowledge allow the students to continue their career paths in academia or industry. MASTER DETAILS PROGRAMME IN BRIEF Programme structure The Master’s degree in Digital Health and Life Sciences is a two-year programme amounting 120 ECTS. The degree is comprised of: Common courses which provides you essential knowledge needed in modern bio-health sciences as well as transferrable skills including mandatory language studies (Finnish for foreigner, 5 ECTS and English: Academic writing skills, 2 ECTS) Track-specific Major subject studies that will provide the state-of-the-art theories and practical skills relevant to the field Master’s thesis and related research project and seminar where you will apply your newly acquired knowledge Selectable studies in different thematic areas and special themes Academic excellence & experience The programme offers four different tracks with specific focus on Digital Health and Life Sciences: Health Technology, Medical Analytics and Health Internet-of-Things (IoT), Bioinformatics and Molecular Systems Biology. The goal of the Health Technology major... [-]

MSc by Research

University of Kent, School of Biosciences
Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

We expect that graduates from the course will benefit from an extended independent laboratory research project and will be better qualified to make an important contribution to industry in the specialist area they have chosen, or possibly pursue training to PhD level in a separate degree. [+]

MSc Degrees in Biology. MSc by research in subjects related to Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Computational Biology or Genetics All students conduct a full-time research project in the area of their chosen specialisation. The opportunities may vary yearly and a selection of the current (starting September 2014) projects available are outlined below. The period of benchwork may involve a placement in an industrial laboratory and culminates in the submission of a written research dissertation which forms an important component of the assessment procedures. Additionally, students will be asked to produce a poster for presentation at the annual Postgraduate Symposium in July and a talk at the conclusion of their studies. We expect that graduates from the course will benefit from an extended independent laboratory research project and will be better qualified to make an important contribution to industry in the specialist area they have chosen, or possibly pursue training to PhD level in a separate degree. International students, especially those from countries developing their biosciences infrastructure, will be able to return home with qualifications to enable them to initiate or direct relevant research. Please note that, due to the technical requirements of certain laboratory-based research projects, some projects additionally incur additional research costs to support consumable requirements. Additional research costs are typically in the range of £500-£2,000, though exceptionally these can be as high as £5,000 for resource-intensive research projects. Please note that the School of Biosciences has a very limited number of funding and scholarship opportunities for master's students... [-]

M.Sc. in Biology - Biodiversity: Conservation and Restoration

University of Antwerp
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Belgium Antwerp Brussels Switzerland Bern Germany Kiel United Kingdom Scotland Netherlands Tilburg + 9 more

A state-of-the-art two-year master programme in the fascinating and emerging field of biodiversity. [+]

You will acquire insight into the causes and consequences of the current worldwide loss of plant, animal and other species, and into the theory and practice of managing endangered species and the conservation and restoration of habitats. Links with society, for example, biodiversity policy, legislation and international treaties, will also be highlighted. You will undertake an internship with an external organisation involved in conservation/restoration. [-]

MSc The Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

Master's programme is designed to educate students for careers in the biomedical science, in the pharmaceutical and health care industries. [+]

MSc Degrees in Biology. Objective of the Programme Master's programme is designed to educate students for careers in the biomedical science, in the pharmaceutical and health care industries. The programme’s main feature is the combination of fundamental education in physics and mathematics with the knowledge and skills in biological and physiological analysis. Using scientific research and experimental base of the Laboratory of Molecular NeurodegenerationSPbSTU students have an opportunity to develop skills in modern experimental techniques, biophysical and biomedical technologies. The programmeis expected to involve training and internshipin the leading international centers. Key Advantages The programme provides our students with the knowledge and competences for a further professional career in biomedical field. Good command of English allows the participation in the seminars delivered in English by guest lecturers and provides internships in international centers and companies. The programme offers a unique opportunity for the joint study of Russian students with students from the universities from all over the world as well as the opportunity to participate together in academic and extracurricular activities atSPbSPU. Unique opportunities for international academic mobility. One semester of trainingabroad at academic partners of SPbSPU. Teaching Methods The focus of the programme is to enrich the knowledge and develop practical research skills in the field of experimental cell biology, neurobiology and medicine. Workshops, scientific discussions, individual project presentations are the key part of the programme. Students will learn to formulate scientific problems, questions, ways and methods to solve them. [-]

Master Biology

California State University Bakersfield
Campus Full time 5 years September 2017 USA Bakersfield

The Department of Biology offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Biology degree. The Master of Science with a thesis option is intended to prepare students for professional positions, such as in state and federal agencies and environmental consulting, and for further graduate studies. [+]

The Department of Biology offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Biology degree. The Master of Science with a thesis option is intended to prepare students for professional positions, such as in state and federal agencies and environmental consulting, and for further graduate studies. The Master of Science with a non-thesis option is intended for working professionals, especially public school teachers, and emphasizes course work. A broad range of faculty research interests, easy access to diverse biological environments, and a range of modern research facilities permit the student to select from a broad spectrum of research topics. Faculty interests include field biology, conservation biology, physiology, comparative morphology, plant ecophysiology, plant anatomy, micro- and molecular biology, vertebrate paleontology, evolution, ecology, systematics, and behavior. Some of the special features of our program include: Close, individual guidance by highly skilled faculty Incorporation of science pedagogy and teaching experience Late afternoon and evening course offerings, making the program accessible for persons who work during the day Close partnerships with the private and public sector. With appropriate approval, students will be able to conduct their thesis research off campus in a partnership with a company or governmental agency. Well-equipped, modern laboratory facilities and access to numerous field sites in the area Laboratory and/or field research is an integral component of the program, which emphasizes a “hands-on” approach with close faculty mentoring. Research experience also enables students to hone investigative skills relating to experimental design, implementation, data analysis, and interpretation. On-campus research... [-]

MSc in Agrobiology

Aarhus University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Denmark Aarhus Herning Copenhagen Emdrup + 3 more

Developing solutions for healthy food production while decreasing environmental impact and increasing animal welfare is the main focus in the agrobiology programme at Aarhus University. Topics of study are genetics, biotechnology, production systems, and the interaction of agriculture with nature, among others. The programme is broadly science-based with a focus on applicability and problem-solving, and takes an integrative approach to learning about the biology behind food production. [+]

MSc Degrees in Biology. FOOD PRODUCTION IN A CHALLENGING FUTURE Developing solutions for healthy food production while decreasing environmental impact and increasing animal welfare is the main focus in the agrobiology programme at Aarhus University. Topics of study are genetics, biotechnology, production systems, and the interaction of agriculture with nature, among others. The programme is broadly science-based with a focus on applicability and problem-solving, and takes an integrative approach to learning about the biology behind food production. CROSS-SECTIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND APPROACHES The core of this programme is biology, with perspectives on sustainability, environmental impact, animal health and welfare, plant health, and product quality. Students can choose between specialisations including animal nutrition, plant nutrition, animal health and welfare, plant health and pest management or combine animal and plant sciences. Because this is a cross-disciplinary master’s, students can also choose courses from other academic programmes. Students will learn analytical and problem-solving skills, how to do research and how to generate new knowledge. In this programme emphasis is placed as much on the academic and professional skills as on the applied skills. AN INTERNATIONAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT International students make up roughly one-third of each class, providing students with international knowledge and perspectives and the possibility to learn about different environments – both academic and agricultural. Because agriculture industries and environmental impacts are international, it is natural to include different national perspectives in discussions about these topics. Denmark is an ideal place to study agriculture because of its huge food production industry, extensive agricultural... [-]

MSc in Hydrobiology - Water Quality Management

University Of Debrecen
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Hungary Debrecen

This water management MSc course develops knowledge and understanding in physical, chemical, and ecological aspects of water science in temperate, tropical and semi-arid zones. [+]

The water management is an extremely increasingly complex challenge and it has policy priority facing global society. Unprecedented climate, economic, technological and demographic change require a new generation of dedicated professionals who are committed to and trained in the interdisciplinary nature of water science and management. This water management MSc course develops knowledge and understanding in physical, chemical, and ecological aspects of water science in temperate, tropical and semi-arid zones. It provides a foundation in basic processes in each key subject areas, as well as interactions throughout the hydrological cycle, and the various hydrological processes and function, and the impact this has on health. The staff will lead a series of field practice training sessions: (i) Running Water Field Practice at various water types from creeks to rivers; (ii) Standing Water Field Practice at various water types such as, oxbows, ponds, reservoirs and lakes, which will improve the practical knowledge and build transferable skills in the theoretical and practical knowledge. These field skills training will both focus on strengthening capabilities to conduct high quality research for their dissertation and for their future professional development. The intended learning outcomes are that students will develop a knowledge and understanding of: (i) the physical, chemical and biological nature of water and their variations in time and space; (ii) the key concepts concerning various water types and water quality problems in relation to water use and sustainability; (iii) practical methods and techniques for water quality, monitoring and management; (iv) the key concepts concerning health... [-]

MSc in Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management (MEDfOR)

University of Lisbon
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Portugal Lisbon Italy Viterbo Padua Spain Lleida Palencia Turkey Trabzon Porto + 9 more

MEDfOR is a two-year world-class Master Course Programme that answers a call for a coordinated approach throughout the Mediterranean basin to develop reliable information and tools - based on sound science and a multidisciplinary approach, in order to improve Mediterranean forestry and natural resources management and policy-making. [+]

MSc Degrees in Biology. Course MEDfOR is a two-year world-class Master Course Programme that answers a call for a coordinated approach throughout the Mediterranean basin to develop reliable information and tools - based on sound science and a multidisciplinary approach, in order to improve Mediterranean forestry and natural resources management and policy-making. The MEDfOR emphasis is on educating the leaders of the future generation of engineers, managers, researchers, and teachers involved in Mediterranean forestry and natural resources management. MEDfOR equips students with a solid scientific habilitation and the competences for careers in innovative fields of work within the Mediterranean forestry supply chain. It will both provide the basis needed for students to pursue academic opportunities (e.g. PhD program) and the qualifications needed to fill positions in all Mediterranean forestry supply chain segments (e.g. forestry and natural resources organizations, either public or private, either national or international). MEDfOR has been under the Erasmus Mundus label on the last 5 years. The Master programme is now running its 5th edition and we have applications open for the 6th edition. Students can study in one of the 7 universities of the Consortium and may also have the opportunity of internships with our Associated Partners About MEDfOR MEDfOR - MEDITERRANEAN FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT MEDfOR is a two-year world-class International Master Programme focuses on the integrating theme of sustainability in Mediterranean forests and woodlands, which cover over 9 % of the Mediterranean region’s land area, to address topics that are specific to the... [-]