• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
This Biology program offered at George Mason University provides advanced training for college graduates or professionals seeking careers in the biomedical research, biotechnology, neuroscience or biodefense, as well as evolutionary and animal biology, animal biology and biology teaching.


The MS in Biology is offered at George Mason University through the School of Systems Biology in the College of Science. The Department of Biology participates in and helps sponsor the Evolutionary Biology Concentration within the MS Program.

Master's level concentrations are available in microbiology and infectious disease, molecular biology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and translational and clinical research. Alternatively, students may choose the program in general biological sciences, which allows flexibility to build a degree program tailored to a specific research or career interest. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Biology
  • Advanced Topics in Immunology
  • Advanced Topics in Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Evolution and Conservation Genetics
  • General Biochemistry
  • Eukaryotic Cell Biology Laboratory
  • Advanced Eukaryotic Cell Biology
  • Research in Biology
  • Laboratory Methods in Functional Genomics and Biotechnology
  • Genomics
  • Biotechnology
  • Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatic

                                                                Detailed Programme Facts

                                                                • Programme intensity Full-time
                                                                  • Full-time duration 12 months
                                                                • Credits
                                                                  30 alternative credits
                                                                • Languages
                                                                  • English
                                                                • Delivery mode
                                                                  On Campus
                                                                • More information Go to the programme website

                                                                English Language Requirements

                                                                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                                                • Minimum required score:


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                                                                Academic Requirements

                                                                You need the following GPA score:

                                                                Required score: 3

                                                                Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                                                Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                                                • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

                                                                  The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

                                                                General Requirements

                                                                • Applicants to the program must have a bachelor's degree in biology or its equivalent. 
                                                                • Additionally, all MS concentrations require a GPA of 3.00 in biology coursework or in the last 60 credits of undergraduate study. 
                                                                • Students must also submit three letters of recommendation and scores on the GRE general exam. Exam scores should be in the 45th percentile or above. 

                                                                Tuition Fee

                                                                • International

                                                                  27720 USD/year
                                                                  Tuition Fee
                                                                  Based on the original amount of 27720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
                                                                • National

                                                                  11736 USD/year
                                                                  Tuition Fee
                                                                  Based on the original amount of 11736 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                                                                Living costs for Fairfax

                                                                • 1330 - 2300 USD/month
                                                                  Living Costs

                                                                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                                                                Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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