M.Sc. On Campus


Virginia State University

24 months
18627 USD/year
18627 USD/year
8375 USD/year
Tuition fee
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A Master of Science in Biology program at Virginia State University will prepare you for teaching and research in state, federal, and private institutions, including colleges, universities, and research laboratories.


After obtaining your graduate degree, you might also choose to continue your studies in a doctoral program. Graduate study is characterized by smaller, more focused classes, closer interactions with qualified faculty, and opportunities for independent research. The low student-faculty ratio in the Department creates a dynamic, supportive atmosphere and allows greater access to the facilities and expertise that will make your education a success.

Students with undergraduate majors in other science areas are encouraged to pursue graduate work in Biology. The Department’s Graduate Committee will review your background in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, and will determine what additional coursework (if any) you may need.

Thesis option

The thesis option allows students to increase their knowledge of biology and become involved with graduate-level research in biology with an eye on research careers or preparation for further graduate or professional school work. To complete the program, a minimum of 30 semester hours, including all core courses and the thesis, is required for the M.S. degree. Each student, with a faculty advisor, plans a tentative graduate program early in the first semester. Students are encouraged to begin their independent research in the second semester of their first year. The student’s committee should be formed no later than one semester after admission to candidacy and should meet each semester thereafter to monitor the student’s progress (in both research and coursework). Every effort is made to plan the graduate program around the needs and interests of the students.

Non Thesis option

The non-thesis degree is designed for students who must take additional course work to raise their academic credentials for application to medical, dental, or other professional schools, or are employed full time. Each student enrolled in the non-thesis option must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours, including all required Core courses. While these courses include Investigations and Research, in which students complete an independent research project, it should be noted that the research experience is not as extensive as in the thesis option, and therefore limits the marketability of students pursuing this option. In order to complete the degree, students must pass a written and/or oral comprehensive examination.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Investigations in Biology  
  • Leading a Biology Lab Course 
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Statistics
  • Research and Thesis (3 semester hours) –students admitted to candidacy must enroll in this course each semester; however, the student can receive credit for this course only once.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed application
  • Completed International Applicant SupplementPDF download
  • Official or certified copies of all academic records in Native Language to include examinations from the examinations councils (copies will not be accepted). 
  • Translated academic records/ transcripts, originals only, copies not accepted (We recommend World Education Services)
  • Official SAT or ACT scores sent directly from test agency.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-native English speakers.
  • Two letters of recommendationPDF download – Freshmen only (one must be from your Guidance Counselor). 
  • Personal Statement or essay on your Future Aspirations  
  • Proof of Immunization

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18627 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18627 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    18627 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18627 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8375 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8375 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 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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