12 months
708 USD/credit 31860 USD/year
708 USD/credit 31860 USD/year
478 USD/credit 21510 USD/year
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Find your footing as a natural scientist with a master’s degree in Biology from Portland State University. In the cutting-edge labs, you will conduct research, learn grantsmanship, gain teaching experience, and pursue an academically rigorous program that will allow you to succeed beyond graduate school.

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In the collaborative Biology program from Portland State University , students are in frequent contact with faculty. Our weekly seminar series also offers students the opportunity to meet and learn from professionals from outside the PSU environment. Research facilities such as greenhouses, natural history collections (botanical, and both invertebrate and vertebrate), and the Center for Life in Extreme Environments serve as resources for much graduate research.

Faculty receive research funding by high-profile organizations, such as the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Howard Hughes Foundation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The department maintains close collaborations with a number of local institutions that provide additional research opportunities within easy reach of the PSU campus, including the Portland Zoo, Oregon Health and Science University, and Oregon National Primate Research Center. Faculty at these institutions can serve on graduate student committees.


A graduate degree in biology offers a solid foundation in the sciences that can provide an avenue to careers in medicine or to a profession as a scientist.

Many of our graduates also pursue careers in wildlife management or conservation. Undergraduate degrees with an emphasis in molecular biology, cell biology and/or microbiology also have the potential to enter fields within the biotechnology sector. And for students of all areas of Biology, an undergraduate degree is a virtual prerequisite for continuing graduate degree programs that then open opportunities at the next level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Research Prospectus
  • Graduate Grant Writing
  • Ethical Practices in the Life Sciences
  • Animal Behavior Behavioral
  • Behavioral Endocrinology
  • Bioinformatics and Genomics
  • Cancer Biology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 SCH


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

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    31860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 708 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    31860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 708 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    21510 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 478 USD per credit during 12 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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