Biological Sciences (M.S.)

The Biological Sciences graduate program offers an advanced and rigorous education tailored for students eager to deepen their knowledge and expertise in the biological sciences. Our program provides a comprehensive curriculum that covers a wide range of disciplines, including molecular biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, physiology, and biotechnology. 

Students will benefit from close mentorship by our distinguished faculty, engaging in cutting-edge research projects that address real-world challenges. With access to state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities, you'll develop advanced technical skills and critical thinking abilities essential for scientific discovery and innovation.

Our program emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration and provides opportunities for internships, fieldwork, and international research experiences, preparing graduates for successful careers in academia, industry, healthcare, and environmental management. Join us to become part of a vibrant community of scholars and contribute to the forefront of biological research and applications.


Program Highlights

  • Thesis students conduct individual research projects that are funded from a diverse set of internal and external sources with the guidance 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 on the cutting-edge of Biology. 

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. 

Popular Careers

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

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 June 15 July 15
Spring Dec. 1 Oct. 15 Dec. 1
Summer April 1 Feb. 15 April 1

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