Biological Sciences (M.A., M.S.)

You will gain in-depth knowledge and skills in your chosen discipline while being introduced to a breadth of topics at the cutting edge of biology. 

You will have access to a variety of laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment. Our programs prepare students for career placement in academic research, industry, medical professions, natural resource management, teaching and more. 

Program Highlights

  • Thesis (Master of Science) and non-thesis (Master of Arts) options available — each with options in ecology and natural resources or cell and molecular biology.
  • Thesis students conduct individual research projects that are funded from a diverse set of internal and external sources with the guidence of a faculty advisor.
  • the majority of thesis students earn assistantships to waive tuition and cover living expenses. 
  • Student research projects involve investigation into a variety of topics. 

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 interantional 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 N/A N/A N/A
Summer N/A 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. Brian Olson

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.

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