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Director: Dr. James Watrous

Science Center 220, 610- 660-1829,

The Biology Department offers programs leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in Biology. These programs are designed to provide advanced technical and scientific study to prepare students for employment in a specialized field and to provide a solid preparation for students who wish to pursue subsequent doctoral studies in graduate or professional school. The M.S. program is a full time program designed to be completed in two years. The M.A. program accommodates both full- and part-time students.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

The graduate programs of the Biology Department are intended for graduates who desire training in specialized fields and who are planning a career in teaching, research or professional practice in these areas. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and must present evidence of ability to pursue graduate work as exemplified by high scholastic achievement, high GRE test scores and exemplary recommendations. The Biology Department reserves the right to require additional undergraduate work prior to admission.

Applicants should submit or have sent to the Office of Graduate Operations the following:

  • a completed Saint Joseph’s University graduate application.

  • official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework. If you are a SJU graduate the Office of Graduate Operations will obtain your SJU transcripts for you.

  • official copies of scores of the Graduate Record Examination (general test).

  • two letters of recommendation from at least two faculty appraising the candidate’s promise and capacity for graduate study, reflecting, from a professional’s point of view, the candidate’s ability to pursue a rigorous, independent course of study at the graduate level.

  • a personal statement outlining the candidate’s professional goals and educational objectives for the program, including the applicant’s rationale for program choice and professional study.

  • $35 application fee – waived if attended an Open House or an SJU graduate.

The application to the Biology graduate programs is by rolling admissions and there is no specific deadline. However, applicants wanting to be considered for teaching or research assistantships are advised to apply by March 1. The Graduate Admissions Committee will evaluate all applicants and decide whether the applicant has sufficient credentials to be admitted to the program. A personal interview with the applicant may be requested.