Biology, M.Sc. | California State University, Fresno | California, United States
12 months
15147 USD/year
15147 USD/year
5075 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Biology MSc program is offered at California State University, Fresno. The Department of Biology offers diversified undergraduate and graduate programs that matches the breadth and excitement of modern biology and prepares students for the hundreds of career opportunities that use biology as a foundation. 


At California State University, Fresno, the Biology Department offers a research-intensive Master of Science in Biology with the opportunity for specialization in several areas of study. Among these areas are ecologically oriented field studies in fresh water, terrestrial, and marine environments; molecular, cellular, and developmental biology of plants, animals, and microbes; physiology of microbes, plants, and animals; entomology; microbiology; parasitology; botany; zoology; systematics; and animal behavior. The program also prepares candidates for teaching biological science disciplines at the secondary and community college education levels. The master's program provides a strong foundation for those seeking advanced education at universities offering the research doctorate (Ph.D.) or other professional degrees. The Biology Department has further informational materials available on request.

This Biology MSc program assumes preparation equivalent to a California State University, Fresno undergraduate major in biology. Students having undergraduate majors in fields other than the biological sciences may enter the program, but may reasonably expect additional requirements to produce equivalent preparation.

A master's candidate interested in pursuing marine science studies must meet California State University, Fresno Biology Department master's candidate requirements as well as those of MLML. Such candidates are encouraged to consult the Biology Department's MLML coordinator for information and to read the MLML information presented at the end of the graduate information.

Student Facilities 

The department is housed in a well-equipped science building.  Among the specialized equipment and technologies available for students are 

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) thermocyclers; apparati for conducting molecular and immunological analysis of nucleic acids and proteins; 
  • genetic recombination, including use of electroporation and gene guns; 
  • a bioinformatics computing laboratory; 
  • a proteomics work station; cell and tissue culture facilities; 
  • fermenters and bioreactors; 
  • fluorescence, confocal and 4-D microscopes; 
  • ultracentrifugation; radioactive materials methodologies;

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biology
  • Life Science
  • Plant Biology
  • Animal Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit a Cal State Apply online and pay $55 USD (non-refundable) by credit card
  • English language proficiency
  • Original or certified copies of all university transcripts with literal English translation. Any coursework presented after an offer of admission is made will not be considered for credit
  • Financial document (no older than 6 months) & Affidavit of Support from sponsors showing the amount and source of support for a minimum of one school year of study
  • A copy of the biographic information/photo page in your passport
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (if applicable)
  • Official admission test score report (GRE* or GMAT*) - if applicable
  • Additional Documentation (if required by the department) 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15147 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15147 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    15147 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15147 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    5075 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5075 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for California

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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