University of Rochester

24 months
1654 USD/credit
1654 USD/credit
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The University of Rochester’s Department of Biology has long been recognized as a leader in genetics research.


A master's degree in biology expands your scientific skills and can open doors to new educational and job opportunities. Many students pursue a master's before continuing their education in medical or veterinary school, while others earn their advanced degree as part of their teaching career.

At the University of Rochester, the MS degree in biology is offered on a full- or part-time basis. Applicants to the program are expected to have a bachelor's degree in biology or a related field.

Biology master's students at Rochester choose either a research-based (Plan A) or course-based (Plan B) degree program. Both plans require 30 credit hours.

The Plan A (research-based) master’s degree requires an independent thesis based in part on original material. Students are not permitted to take fewer than six credits and more than 12 credits of research. Students must also pass an oral examination on the thesis. Plan A students can expect a close working relationship with biology faculty. The Department encourages students to pursue a research-based master's program. 

The Plan B (coursework-based) master’s degree allows students to tailor coursework to their specific interests. They may take a maximum of six credits of research and are required to take a minimum of six courses offered by the biology department. Plan B students are also required to take a comprehensive written exam.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Computational Biology

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It 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.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to graduate programs in Arts, Sciences and Engineering is highly competitive. A qualified applicant needs a strong academic record, as evidenced by high grades in relevant coursework and strong performance on the GREs, as well as comprehensive letters of recommendation
  • Additionally, many applicants have research experiences that have resulted in publications
  • An online application
  • A personal statement
  • College transcripts (for all schools attended)
  • Scores on the GRE and TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
  • Three letters of recommendation (letters must be on letterhead and must be submitted online by the recommender)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1654 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1654 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1654 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1654 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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