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.

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Master's Programs Overview

Master of Science in Biological Science

There are four options for the Master of Science in Biological Science:

  • General Option offers flexibility so students can create a program that fits their educational and employment goals.
  • Biotechnology Option focuses on training essential to employment in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Bioinformatics Option prepares students for academic and industry positions by providing interdisciplinary coursework emphasizing computational analysis and interpretation of biological datasets.
  • Education, Communication and Outreach Option offers tailored coursework to prepare graduates to effectively communicate biological and scientific concepts using evidence-based approaches in their desired career paths.

See also the graduate catalog for details on both options. 

UMass Intercampus Graduate School Master's Degrees

The UMass Intercampus Graduate School offers two M.S. degrees:

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.

Acceptance to the M.S. in Biological Sciences program does not guarantee a position in a research lab. Membership in a research lab must be confirmed with the faculty member in charge of the lab.


  • The Department of Biological Sciences offers three graduate certificates:

    For general information about admissions and courses, see the Academic Catalog.

  • Applications for the Master of Science, including the Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Education, Communication and Outreach Options, are considered twice per year, with deadlines for receipt of applications of Oct. 15 and Jan. 10 for the following Spring and Fall semesters, respectively. Students are encouraged to apply before the regular application deadline for full consideration; however, applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.

    Entering graduate students are expected to have 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 and information for admission to the MS program can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

  • UMass Lowell undergraduate students with a 3.000 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.

    Learn more about the Bachelor's-to-Master's Programs.

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