Online Master of Science Degree in Biology

Take the first step toward a career in Biology

The University of Saint Joseph’s online Master of Science in Biology program enables you to increase the depth and scope of your knowledge in a wide variety of scientific disciplines. Providing a comprehensive curriculum, the online biology master’s degree program prepares you for advancement in various careers—from secondary school biology teachers to infectious disease leaders.

Offered in an online learning format, the biology master’s degree program allows you to take courses around your work and home schedule. Explore your possibilities and accelerate your biology career at USJ. The program no longer requires the GRE for enrollment.

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Program Outcomes

USJ’s online Master of Science in Biology program provides you with the essential knowledge to identify and solve fundamental scientific problems while developing your critical thinking skills through problem-based learning.

As a student of the online master’s in Biology program, you can learn to anticipate outcomes of your work while exploring new areas of science and designing, implementing, and evaluating scientific investigations. In the program, you can practice assessing, interpreting, and understanding data, and ultimately develop the ability to comprehend and explain the principles of biology, both conceptually and quantitatively.

By completing the online master’s degree in Biology, you are able to:

  • Demonstrate command of key concepts and an ability to identify and solve fundamental biological problems
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-based learning skills 
  • Develop the ability to develop new ideas; explore new areas of science or other academic endeavors; design, implement, and evaluate scientific investigations; and assess, interpret, and understand data
  • Communicate scientific ideas and be able to understand and explain principles of biology both conceptually and quantitatively

Online MS in Biology Program Advantages

Flexible Online Learning 

Designed to fit the busy schedule of working professionals who want to pursue a higher degree, the online MS in Biology program offers flexible courses that allow students to study at their own pace. Whether you live around our campus in Connecticut or in another state, you can earn your master’s degree in Biology entirely online from USJ.

Opportunities to Network

While the MS in Biology program is online, it makes sure that you can have close interaction with your professors and peers and develop your professional network. Leveraging USJ’s online learning technology, you can meet people from different careers and different areas of the world and communicate with your classmates through threaded discussions and group projects.

Expert USJ Faculty

USJ’s online Master of Science in Biology program is led by esteemed faculty with profound knowledge and experience in various areas of biology. Faculty members include an ornithologist, an aquatic ecologist, a cardiologist, a neuroscientist, a pharmacologist, a microbiologist, and a geneticist. Many have ongoing research programs and have published their research findings in international journals.

Online Master of Science in Biology Program Curriculum

USJ’s Master of Science in Biology program employs a flexible 30-credit curriculum. It provides a wide range of biology electives covering a vast discipline from Biometry and Epidemiology to Psychopharmacology and Genomics. You are able to customize your own curriculum according to your career and academic interests. 

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After having completed a minimum of 24 credits of coursework, you need to take a comprehensive examination that evaluates your competency and synthesis of knowledge. If you are interested in producing a thesis, you can also choose to complete an additional thesis requirement during the program of study.

Learn more about the online MS in Biology program curriculum.

Biology Career Outlook

The USJ’s online Biology master’s degree program aims to help students advance their careers in biology and prepare them to continue their studies in health-related professions. With a master’s degree in Biology from the University of Saint Joseph, graduates are ready to pursue ample career opportunities such as pharmaceutical research and sales, physician, dentist, physical therapist, and more.

Many of our Biology master’s graduates have gone on to local and international institutions like Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Hartford Hospital, and UCONN Health Center. Others pursue doctoral degrees at institutions like Yale University and the University of Connecticut. Alumni have also been accepted into various medical schools and physician assistant programs.

Online MS in Biology Admission Requirements – No GRE 

Interested applicants to the online MS in Biology program must hold a baccalaureate degree in Biology or a related field with a minimum of 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution. To be considered for admission, please provide the following documents along with your application:

  • Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Personal statement indicating academic and career interests, a summary of relevant experiences, and including courses of interest in the program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume

If your bachelor’s degree is not in Biology or a Biology-related field, transcripts must reflect a B or better for a minimum of four Biology lab courses.

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USJ Student Success

I’m happy that I chose the online Biology program at USJ! The courses were excellent, and it was just what I needed to update my understanding of contemporary biology.

-Bob Cooper M’21, USJ Online Biology, M.S. student

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the program…and especially your biology courses! Even though I’m officially done with the degree, I’ve enjoyed the classes at USJ so much that I signed up for one last course this summer.

-Joel Humphrey M’21, USJ Online Biology, M.S. student

Earn Your Master’s in Biology Degree Online

Ready to take your next step? Apply to USJ’s flexible and rigorous online Master of Science in Biology program today! If you have more questions about the program, contact us to learn more:

Charles Morgan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Program Director, Biology Graduate Program
Phone: 860.231.5535
Email: [email protected]

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