24 months
6336 USD/credit 91872 USD/year
6336 USD/credit 91872 USD/year
9386 USD/credit 136097 USD/year
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Graduates of this Biology program at Sonoma State University find themselves with an enhanced understanding of biology and first-hand experience in the practice of science. 


Key Features

The Department of Biology has 11 permanent faculty who are actively involved in a wide range of disciplines, including ecology and evolutionary biology, molecular and cell biology, physiology, functional morphology, and organismal biology. Three additional faculty from other departments on campus have expertise in biology and are adjunct members of the graduate program.

The Biology program at Sonoma State University is a thesis research program. Students complete course work that allows them to master the concepts and techniques of their chosen discipline. They also conduct original research under the direction of a member of the faculty, and write up their findings as a Master's Thesis. Typically, students take two to three years to complete their graduate degree requirements.

Many of our students go on to doctoral programs, others use their degree to pursue careers in teaching, research, environmental consulting, resource management, industry, and various health professions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Skills
  • Macroevolution
  • Speciation
  • Bioenergetics
  • Extremophiles
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Metabolites
  • Phenotypic Plasticity
  • Adaptation
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis
  • Current Topics in Biology
  • Developmental Toxicology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


29 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association;
  • Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  • Have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.00) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted;
  • Proof of English proficiency via TOEFL or IELTS examination scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    91872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6336 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    91872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6336 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    136097 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9386 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Rohnert Park

1100 - 1600 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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