Biological Sciences (M.A.)

Graduate students in the Biological Sciences Master of Arts degree will gain in-depth knowledge and skills toward your chosen discipline while being introduced to a breadth of topics at the cutting edge of biology. You will have access to flexible coursework that can be completed fully online with options for in-person coursework as well.

This program prepares students for career placement and/or advancement in teaching, academic research, industry, medical professions, natural resource management, and more. 

Program Highlights

  • Work with a graduate faculty advisor to develop a coursework plan that meets your career goals. Faculty have specializations in a breadth of biological areas such as biomedical, ecology, evolution, cellular, and molecular biology.
  • Flexible coursework options to complete your degree wholly online, in a hybrid model, or on campus. Ideal for professionals looking to further their education (e.g., educators) and those looking to take advanced coursework needed for specific professions.
  • Graduate teaching assistantships are available that can waive tuition and cover living expenses. 
  • Participate in student research projects that involve investigation into a variety of topics funded from a diverse set of internal and external sources with the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Program Distinctions

  • Biology programs are supported by internationally-recognized faculty working on research projects funded by federal, state, local, non-profit and for-profit organizations. 
  • The Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF) includes a suite of laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment that supports student research and public outreach and education. 
  • Biology research results in publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presentations at local, regional and international scientific meetings. 
  • A herbarium with a vascular plant collection especially strong in Central Minnesota counties' materials dating to the 1800s.
  • National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and other state and federally-funded research projects. 

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
International
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 May 15 July 15
Spring Dec. 1 Oct. 15 Dec. 1
Summer April 1 N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Matt Davis

Popular Careers

  • Education
  • Professor
  • Research
  • Medical professions
  • Natural resource and wildlife manager
  • Natural history researcher and educator

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

Connect With Us