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Biology and Marine Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


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. 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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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