The objective of this program is to foster critical thinking and to develop 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.
It is also possible to obtain an M.S. degree in Marine Science and Technology or Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology through Intercampus Graduate School Programs offered together with other campuses of the UMass System. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the deadlines for receipt of complete applications are October 15 and January 10 for the following spring and fall semesters, respectively.
Matriculated students with specific questions about our master's program should contact Jeffrey R. Moore, our graduate coordinator.