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Master's Programs in Biological Sciences

Full time  Part time  BS to MS 

The UMass Lowell biology master's program fosters critical thinking and develops skills needed for independent laboratory study. This is accomplished, in part, by offering advanced lecture, seminar and laboratory courses.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers two options for master's degrees:

  • The Master of Science in Biological Sciences General Option offers flexibility so students can create a program that fits their educational and employment goals.
  • The Master of Science in Biological Sciences - Biotechnology Option focuses on training essential to employment in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

See also the graduate catalog for details on both options. View the biology graduate course listing.

Additionally, the UMass Intercampus Graduate School offers an M.S. degree in Marine Science and Technology or Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology. Contact David Ryan regarding marine science and Stephen McCarthy regarding biomedical engineering.

While it is possible to complete M.S. requirements without the thesis or project option, participation in a research project or thesis is a key activity that can distinguish graduate from undergraduate education. All full-time M.S. degree students are, therefore, strongly urged to elect thesis or project options.

If you have admission questions and inquiries send an e-mail to bio_grad_admissions@uml.edu.

Matriculated students with specific questions about our master's program should contact Jeffrey R. Moore, our graduate coordinator.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers four Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree options: Applied Biotechnology, Biosafety, Environmental Biotechnology, and Project Management for Life Sciences. See the graduate catalog for details. PSM's maintain a strong science core while incorporating professional communication (oral, written) skills, multidisciplinary training, management courses, and a professional internship into the curriculum. Applicants to PSM's include individuals with baccalaureate degrees currently employed at science companies, as well as new bachelor's degree recipients from the United States and abroad who desire to combine in-depth science training with workplace skills important for their career advancement.

Please note that there are no deadlines for receipt of complete applications for the PSM programs. However, it is recommended that complete applications be submitted several months prior to expected matriculation.

For admission questions and inquiries send an e-mail to bio_grad_admissions@uml.edu.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers three graduate certificates:

  • Biotechnology and Bioprocessing
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology.

For general information about admissions and courses, see the graduate catalog.

For detailed information for incoming and current graduate students, see the graduate student manual (PDF).

Applications for the Master of Science, including the Biotechnology and Education, Communication and Outreach Options, are considered twice per year, with deadlines for receipt of applications of October 15 and January 10 for the following Spring and Fall semesters, respectively.

Entering graduate students are expected to have a sound preparation in the biological sciences, chemistry, physics, calculus, and statistics. A student found deficient in any of these areas may be required, during the first year, to take appropriate courses to eliminate the deficiencies. If the student has not had a biochemistry course, BIOL.5190 should be taken for graduate credit. The departmental Graduate Coordinator helps plan the entering students programs of study, acquaints them with research opportunities in the department, and assists in selecting research advisors.

Applications for the Professional Science Master's program (PSM) are accepted year round, but it is recommended that complete applications be submitted several months before expected matriculation. Similarly to the MS degree described above, applicants are expected to have a strong background in biological science.

Applications and information for admission to the MS and PSM programs can be found at the Graduate Admissions website.

UMass Lowell undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA or better have the opportunity to save time and money by earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in a little as five years. Students can continue from bachelor’s to master’s level studies within their own department. Or students can apply to a program in a different department to create a set of skills to meet emerging needs in the workplace and their own academic interests.
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Please refer to the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog for the latest information about admission, courses, retention, degree and thesis requirements.