12 months
35980 USD/year
35980 USD/year
18432 USD/year
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This master’s Biology program from the University of Massachusetts Boston is designed to accommodate students with various backgrounds in science who wish rigorous training leading to the MS degree. It offers research and study in a wide variety of areas.


Prospective applicants may also be interested in several academic offerings involving cooperation between the Biology Department and the School for the Environment. In addition, the Biology Department offers a master of science program in biotechnology and biomedical sciences.

Students in the MS Program in Biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston must complete 30 graduate credits (20 in course work and 10 in research) which generally culminates in a research based thesis. A faculty advisor assists each student in selecting a cohesive program of study. We have a diverse faculty with strong and active research programs in molecular biology, cell biology, environmental biology, organismal biology, and evolutionary biology. Please review our faculty interests and course offerings to see if our program fits your needs.

Research Facilities

  • Extensive resources are available to students in the program for advanced study in behavior, biochemistry, conservation biology, cytology, developmental cell biology, genetics, ecology, microbiology, molecular biology, and plant and animal physiology.
  • Among the program’s facilities are research laboratories, instrument rooms, warm and cold environment rooms and growth chambers, greenhouses, animal quarters, and vehicles and boats for field work. The Biology Department manages the University Environmental Genomics Center with DNA sequencing, Phosphorimaging and Real-time PCR capabilities. 

Programme Structure

  • Biology also manages the new Biology Imaging Center with confocal and fluorescent as well as transmission and scanning electron microscopy. 
  • Research labs are well equipped with a variety of standard and specialized equipment including chromatographs, mass spectrometers, a variety of spectrophotometers, an amino acid analyzer, preparative and ultracentrifuges, beta/gamma counters, filmless autoradiography, tissue culture facilities, cryogenic and ultra cold storage, and a CO2 gas analyzer. A wide variety of microcomputers and printers is available throughout the University.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • GPA
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Online Application and Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Test Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17990 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    35980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17990 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18432 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9216 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 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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