Biology and Marine Biology

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

36 months
37176 USD/year
28526 USD/year
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These two-year programs provide continued graduate education and research experience in general biology (Biology) or marine biology.  

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UMass Dartmouth Biology faculty have active research laboratories whose study systems range from local coastal environments to distant lands and seas all over the world. Their research encompasses a range of topics from molecular and cellular biology to marine and terrestrial ecology, with most faculty adopting a distinctly integrative perspective within their labs. 

The programme

Many faculty work as dynamic teams on research projects that cross traditional boundaries. Core research areas with concentrations of faculty include marine and coastal ecology, developmental biology, evolution, microbiology, and animal behavior. To address this diverse set of research problems emphasis on the use of molecular and biotechnology-related techniques is increasing dramatically at UMass Dartmouth. A concentration of Biology faculty work on molecular, genetic, and cellular aspects of development in a variety of contexts while other faculty concentrate on evolutionary questions at the organismal level. For more information on research areas see the Faculty research page.

Recent graduate student projects have been in diverse fields, such as: molecular ecology, plankton ecology, plant species distributions, harmful algal blooms, marine and soil microbiology, cell signaling, animal behavior, marine mammal biology, marine bioinvasions, biofouling, parasites of marine fishes, skeletal evolution and fish biology and eco-physiology. Projects have involved collaborative research with National Marine Fisheries Service, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, UMass Cranberry Experiment Station, Mystic and New England Aquariums, as well as many other national and international universities and research institutes in the U.S. and abroad.

UMass Dartmouth’s proximity to a variety of coastal habitats provides a special emphasis in both faculty research and course offerings on the estuaries and near-shore environments of the Buzzards Bay region of the Massachusetts coast. The University is within a one-hour drive of the major libraries, museums, and academic and research institutions of the Providence, Boston and Woods Hole areas. The Department of Biology houses several teaching and research laboratories that are equipped for physiological, ecological, and molecular analyses. The Department of Biology also maintains museum collections of fishes and invertebrates, seaweeds, diatoms, and the terrestrial plants of the southeastern Massachusetts region.

Programme Structure

 Courses include:

  • Marine Benthic Ecology
  •  Biological Oceanography
  •  Animal Behavior, Development, Evolution
  •  Computational Biology
  • Molecular Biology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts
  • GRE General Test Scores (the Biology subject test is recommended but not required)
  • TOEFL for non-native English language speakers
  • CV/Resume
  • Statement of Purpose indicating your specific biological interests and goals, reasons for applying to the program, and the Biology faculty member(s) with whom you are interested in studying. (1-2 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18588 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    28526 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14263 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.


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