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Biology, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #3 (QS) , MA,
Learn how to apply critical thinking to real-world scenarios in the life sciences while exploring cutting-edge research and theory with this master's degree in Biology offered by Harvard University. You’ll gain deeper insight into a range of biological fields, such as molecular biology, genetics, genomics, cell biology, neurobiology and behavior, and ecology.

About

Key learning outcomes

Through 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.

Program overview

  • 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.

Programme Structure

The Master of Liberal Arts, Biology degree field consists of 12 courses, three of which are required on campus.

12 Graduate Courses

The degree assumes an academic background in biology (e.g., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) and laboratory research experience.
  • Proseminar
  • 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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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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).

General Requirements

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)

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      33000 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 33000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
    • National

      33000 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 33000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
    Our graduate tuition is $2,750 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $33,000.

    Living costs for Cambridge

    • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
      Living Costs

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

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