Biology M.A. or M.S.: At a Glance


Master of Arts OR Master of Science

Length 24 months
Start Terms Fall, Spring, Summer
Format On Campus
Credits & Fields of Study

Credit Breakdown:

  • 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

$870 per credit (2017-2018)

$250 lab fee per course (2017-2018)

Average Class Size 10 students
Work Experience Not required for admission
Housing While most of our graduate students commute, there are resources available for those interested in living on-campus, or in near-by off-campus housing.
Opportunities in Biology
  • PhD and medical programs
  • STEM professions
  • Science education
Graduate assistantships

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.

International Students

This program accepts candidates from across the globe, and qualifies international students for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Support for Student Veterans

SJU is a yellow ribbon school that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Services can help you access and understand the benefits available to you and will support you during your educational career at SJU.

Adult Student Life SJU’s Office of Adult Student Life provides programming, advocacy and support services for graduate students.