M.Sc. On Campus

Biological Sciences

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

36 months
25650 USD/year
25650 USD/year
12219 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The nationally and internationally recognized faculty of the Biological Sciences program of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee trains students in a wide range of research areas within each of these sub-disciplines, and provide a host of opportunities for incoming graduate students for specialization in their area of interest.


Student training is focused on research design, critical analysis of data, and development of effective written and oral communication skills. Both the thesis M.S. and the Ph.D. are research degrees and thus our students are expected to publish significant original contributions to the field. Interdisciplinary programs with other departments within the university are also available. We also offer a non-thesis M.S. degree that is coursework intensive. We welcome interdisciplinary students from related areas such as chemistry/biochemistry, psychology, medical sciences, math and freshwater science. Our students receive rigorous training in both research and teaching that prepares them for successful careers in academia, industry, or government. Funding is available to all our graduate students in the form of research or teaching assistantships.

Thesis Track

The thesis track of the Biological Sciences program of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee is a research-based degree and is intended for students pursuing careers in formal research or planning to continue study towards the PhD degree. The department offers MS degrees with focuses in the areas of Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology and Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Special Topics in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
  • Seminar in Systematic Biology and Evolution
  • Seminar in Neuroscience
  • Research Advances in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Research Advances in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
  • Research Advances in Microbiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Non-thesis track: 

  • May 1 (fall)
  • October 1 (spring)


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Undergraduate coursework equivalent to the Biological Sciences major at UWM, including coursework in the following areas of plant or animal science: cellular and molecular biology or genetics; organismal biology; ecology. Additional coursework in chemistry through organic or biochemistry; mathematical preparation including at least one course in calculus, statistics, or biometry; and a year of physics are strongly encouraged.
  • Thesis Track: Optional submission of official scores from the GRE.
  • Non-Thesis Track: Optional submission of official scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), or Praxis test. Submitted test scores may be used as additional evidence of academic ability.
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • International students must meet the minimum department requirements for English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25650 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    25650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25650 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    12219 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12219 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Milwaukee

1066 - 1767 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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