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Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Cleveland Heights, OH, United States
The mission of the Department of Biology at Case Western Reserve University is to promote research programs of national and international prominence and to provide strong undergraduate and graduate educational programs that emphasize integrative approaches to biological problems. 


The department offers courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Systems Biology, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. Cooperative programs between the Department of Biology and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Holden Arboretum, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and other departments in Case Western Reserve University significantly extend the range of resources available to biology students. 

The undergraduate programs in biology provide excellent preparation for graduate or professional schools, including medical, dental, and veterinary schools and the many specialized graduate programs in the biological sciences. A biology degree also prepares students for careers in industry and government. For students interested in biotechnology—a field with growing career opportunities—the department offers elective sequences within the BA and BS degrees.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Biology
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Genes, Evolution and Ecology
  • Cells and Proteins
  • Development and Physiology
  • Vertebrate Biology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

  • No minimum score

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General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in one of the sciences (four-year degree)
  • Acceptance by the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Department of Biology
  • Acceptance by the Graduate School of the university
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, with a grade point average of at least 2.9 in the sciences
  • Submission of test scores from the Graduate Record Examination TOEFL scores (required for international students)
  • General GRE required, no minimum score

Tuition Fee

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    1827 USD/credit
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