The Department of Biology features a wide range of courses for graduate students, including Advanced Cell Biology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Bacterial Pathogenesis, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Histopathology, Comparative Anatomy, Animal Behavior and Bioinformatics.
As a master's student, you will have the opportunity to conduct research in cell biology, environmental and molecular microbiology, behavioral genetics, neuroscience, mycology, paleontology, ecology, evolutionary biology and animal behavior.
Work in one of our state-of-the-art labs alongside our brilliant faculty members. The department is well-equipped for research and includes major equipment such as transmission, scanning and confocal microscopes, tissue culture facilities, an extensive vivarium and sophisticated plant growth chambers as well as a rooftop greenhouse and experimental green roof.
The M.S. program is a thesis-based, full time program and designed to be completed within two years.
The M.A. program accommodates both full and part time students.
Undergraduate students enrolled at Saint Joseph’s University with majors in biology or environmental science may be able to complete a combined 5-year B.S./M.A. or B.S./M.S. degree.
Saint Joseph's biology grads were about twice as likely to be employed in STEM jobs compared to national averages*
At a Glance
|Start Terms||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|Credits and Fields of Study||
M.S. - 30 credits (including 6-credit thesis)
M.A. - 32 credits
Fields of study: Molecular biology, Microbiology, Environmental biology, Anatomy, Behavior, Plant Biology, Physiology, Developmental Biology, Computer Modeling, Mycology
9 credits per semester
|Part-time||6 credits per semester|
$887 per credit (2019-2020); $250 lab fee (per course)
|Average Class Size||10 students|
|Work Experience||Not required for admission|
|Housing||While most graduate students commute, we do offer on and off-campus housing options for adult and graduate students.|
|Opportunities in Biology||
Graduate assistantships are offered on a limited basis. Full-time M.S. students are eligible for graduate teaching assistantships that provide a stipend and a scholarship for tuition. Qualified students may find employment as assistants in introductory undergraduate laboratories. Please contact the program director for availability.
This program accepts candidates from across the globe and qualifies international students for Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Saint Joseph's is a yellow ribbon school that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Services can help you access and understand your benefits.