Key learning outcomesThrough the master’s degree in the field of Biology at Harvard University, you:
- Enhance your understanding of the biological sciences, including molecular biology, genetics, genomics, cell biology, physiology, neurobiology and behavior, evolution, and ecology.
- Build a foundation in scientific practice, including experimental or case study design and implementation, scientific data collection and analysis, and ethical practices.
- Develop advanced professional communication skills, with an emphasis on sharing scientific results in written, oral, and graphical forms.
- The degree program includes 12 courses, with at least three taken on campus.
- Get started. You begin by completing two stipulated degree courses as outlined on the degree requirements page. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
- Apply to the program. While completing your third degree course, you submit the admission application. We have application cycles in the fall, spring, and summer.
- Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, year round in the fall, spring, or summer. To fully experience Harvard, you take at least three courses on campus.
- Complete your thesis. Working with a thesis director, you conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your work experience or academic interests, producing publishable quality results. You’ll emerge with a solid understanding of how scientific research is executed and communicated.
- Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Biology.
The Master of Liberal Arts, Biology degree field consists of 12 courses, three of which are required on campus.
12 Graduate CoursesThe degree assumes an academic background in biology (e.g., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) and laboratory research experience.
- 5 biology courses
- 1 biology seminar
- 1 statistics course
- 1 elective
- Crafting the Thesis Proposal
- Master’s Thesis part one
- Master's Thesis part two
- 12 months
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DisciplinesBio & Biomedical Engineering Biology Genetics View 1272 other Masters in Biology in United States
To begin the admission process, you simply register—no application required—for the following three, four-credit, graduate-level degree courses:
- BIOS 200 Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies and Scholarly Writing in the Biological Sciences
- 1 biology course
- 1 biology course or elective (e.g., EXPO 42c)
- Before you enroll in any degree-applicable courses, you must possess a four-year regionally accredited US bachelor's degree. You cannot already have or be in the process of earning a master's degree in Biology or a related field. Foreign bachelor’s degrees must be evaluated, and the Admissions Office makes final determinations about eligibility.
International37200 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
National37200 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
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