Master in Biology (MA , MS)
Pursue Biology at the Graduate Level
UB’s Master of Arts and Master of Science in Biology degree programs offer a contemporary curriculum that emphasizes the principles and experimental approaches of modern biology. They are designed to address the diverse needs of each type of graduate-level biology student. Both programs cover a wide-range of biological sub-disciplines, such as toxicology, ecology, and genetics, to prepare you for greater opportunities both professionally and academically.
Benefits to our program include:
- Small student-to-faculty ratio, which allows you to work closely with elite faculty who are active in and recognized for research in the field
- Opportunity to learn from and connect with featured guest speakers
- Close proximity to leading biotech and pharmaceutical companies for internship and future employment opportunities
- State-of-the-art laboratory facilities at out seaside campus
Customize Your Experience
We offer a variety of customization options so you may select the academic plan that best suits your goals. First, we offer concentrations in Molecular Biology, Biomedical Science, or Ecology and Evolution to allow you to gain even deeper knowledge in a category of your choosing. We also offer two degree options, the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Biology:
- Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology
This option emphasizes design and execution of experimental work. In this program, you will be required to complete a thesis featuring your original research. Students in this program will most likely be pursuing terminal degrees following the completion of their degree.
- Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biology
This option emphasizes career building. As a student in the M.A. degree program, you will have the option of pursuing an internship or completing your degree with coursework only. Students in the M.A. degree program will most likely be working professionals interested in advancing their careers by gaining expertise in the field of biology.
Your Path to Successful Program Completion
All graduate-level Biology students must pass an oral comprehensive examination covering current theory, application and research in areas appropriate to their training and interests. In addition, students must complete the minimum credit hours required for each degree program, as follows:
Master of Science in Biology Program Requirements
Students in the Biology (M.S.) degree program will be required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, comprised of 24 credits of coursework and six credits of master’s-level research. Students must submit and defend a research thesis with both a written thesis and oral defense, both of which demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.
Master of Arts in Biology Program Requirements
Students choosing the non-thesis option (M.A.) must either complete 33 credits of coursework in Biology or cognate courses aimed at further acquisition and refinement of program student learning objectives, or 30 credits of course work—and with the approval of the graduate Chair of Biology— three credits of intern experience in a professional setting aimed at student acquisition of career skills targeted by the program. Upon completion of the internship, the student must also submit a recommendation letter from their internship mentor and an internship report, describing the work done in their internship and the professional advancement outcomes achieved. Furthermore, the student should present her/his work in a seminar at UB.
Purpose and Objectives
The program will prepare graduates to:
- Search, read and interpret current biological literature
- Develop an in-depth understanding of the scientific issues of a particular area of biology
- Develop expertise in research methods associated with an area of biology
- Develop professional skills related to work in a specific area of biology or biomedical science
- Integrate techniques, skills, and understanding of scientific principles across various area sub-disciplines of biology.
Biology (M.S.) Degree Program
The M.S. program will also develop independent scientific research skills, including the ability to:
- Formulate scientific hypotheses, design and execute experiments
- Collect, analyze and interpret experimental data
- Deliver scientific ideas and experimental results both at scientific meetings and through preparation and publication of manuscripts
Biology (M.A.) Degree Program
The M.A. program will also develop professional work skills, including the ability to:
- Integrate knowledge of biology and biological research to occupations in clinical settings
- Apply knowledge of biology and biological research to occupations in commercial or policy settings
These objectives serve the University’s mission to offer “career-oriented undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees and programs for people seeking personal and professional growth.”
UB’s graduate-level Biology program will prepare you for jobs and terminal degrees requiring highly-trained experts with advanced knowledge in biology and related sciences. You will be competitive for positions in private, academic, and government research institutions, clinical laboratories, and more. In addition, our close proximity to leading biotech and pharmaceutical corporations provides local opportunities for recent graduates remaining in the area.
Your Goals and Your Degree Type: Working Hand-in-Hand
Our program is specifically designed with two degree path options built to support the future endeavors of all graduate-level biology students. Read on to find out how your career goals pair with our degree offerings:
The Master of Arts in Biology is best suited if you are a working professional looking to elevate your career. This degree will allow you to take your enhanced skillsets and apply them to your existing role or to a new position. The Biology (M.A.) degree can be pursued with or without an internship, as well as on a part-time basis, if needed. This flexibility allows you to acquire the skills necessary to take your career to the next level while maintaining your work/life balance.
If you see yourself pursuing research-based positions and/or further education following graduation, you should consider pursing the Master of Science in Biology degree. Instead of an internship, the Biology (M.S.) degree program requires completion of a thesis of original research—something highly desirable when applying to medical school and other terminal degree programs.
UB’s Center for Career Development helps graduates prepare for entrance into the workforce. Our comprehensive career counseling and resource center is dedicated to helping you become active participants in your own academic, professional, and career development.
Services provided include resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, and negotiation as well as goal assessment and personal branding.
This school offers programs in:
- Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited university or recognized international institution
- Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
- At least one course with a grade of C or better in each of the following areas:
- Calculus – 4 credits
- Cell Biology – 4 credits with lab
- Ecology – 4 credits with lab
- Genetics – 3 credits
- Molecular Biology – 4 credits with lab
- Organic Chemistry – 4 credits with lab
- Physics – 4 credits with lab
- Physiology – 4 credits with lab
- University of Bridgeport graduate application
- $50 application fee (non-refundable)
−Checks or money orders should be made payable to the University of Bridgeport
- Official transcripts from every school attended
−International transcripts must include an official course-by-course evaluation of all academic work from an accredited academic evaluating service
- Two recommendation letters
−One letter must come from a professor, and the second from an additional professor or employer
- Personal statement
−In 250 – 500 words, detail your interest in the biology program, your relevant academic and personal experience, and how this degree will impact your career goals
−Once all required materials are received, you will be contacted to meet with the review committee
*Students are NOT required to submit GRE scores
Completed application and all supporting documents must be received by:
- March 1st for priority consideration, July 1st (final deadline) for the fall semester
- November 15th for priority consideration, December 15th (final deadline) for the spring semester
It is highly recommended that you meet our priority deadline as program space is limited.
Last updated February 13, 2017