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Master On Campus


Portland State University

24 months
671 USD/credit 15097 USD/year
671 USD/credit 15097 USD/year
444 USD/credit 9990 USD/year
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In many Biology fields obtaining a graduate degree will increase your range of employment options or improve your earnings; graduate school can also help prepare you to enter a health-related professional program. However, graduate school is a big commitment and is not right for everyone. The program is offered at Portland State University. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


The faculty take an integrative approach to biology, encompassing all levels of biological organization from molecules to ecosystems. Our Department is committed to excellence in both research and teaching, and we strive to provide a rigorous, balanced education in Biology for all our students. The Portland State University share the offices and laboratories with Physics, Chemistry and Environmental Science Departments in the SRTC and Science Building 1.

Is graduate school right for me?  

For many students in Biology, the Bachelor’s degree is not adequate for them to achieve their career goals. Students obtaining Master’s degrees typically have a broader range of options available to them, with more opportunities for working in positions of greater responsibility or earning higher salaries. When deciding whether you should apply to graduate school, consider what your career goals are and which type of degree will be best to advance you towards those goals. If you ultimately plan to obtain a PhD, it is not necessary for you to get a Master’s degree first, but it is generally advantageous in the long run. Students who obtain a Master’s first generally have more success in PhD graduate programs and can benefit from more diverse training experiences if they obtain their degrees from different universities. Also, getting a Master’s degree first allows you to switch projects, advisers, and schools without losing important time spent on a project.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Careers & Research in Biology
  • Deep Sea Biology of Oregon
  • Environmental Microbiology  
  • Pathophysiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Portland State University's graduate application requires the following documents:

  • Scanned copies of your official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Personal essay or statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Standardized test scores, e.g., GRE (not required by all programs)
  • Resume
  • Writing samples 
  • Portfolio

International applicants must also submit:

  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified Translation of Transcripts
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency Requirements
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15097 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    15097 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 444 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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