The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

12 months
31796 USD/year
15196 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Biology offers courses leading to a Master of Science (MS) in Biology and provides a minor and support in areas for degrees in other fields. Credit for a 5000-level course is not given to a student with previous undergraduate credit in a similar course.


Only 15 hours of 5000- level courses may count toward a graduate degree. Students pursuing a master’s degree in related fields can include 12 to 18 hours of work in biology. Students pursuing the non-thesis option for the Master of Science degree with a major in biology can include up to nine hours of work in an approved minor or support area.

The student must: Complete a rigorous graduate level program leading to a Master of Science degree. Learn and understand how organisms maintain homeostasis, reproduce, evolve, and how they interact with each other and their environment, with a focus on the following areas: genetics and evolution; cellular biology and microbiology; organismal and environmental biology and animal and plant physiology. 

Be prepared for careers in research, education and policy administration or for additional study at the Ph.D. level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scientific Thinking
  • Scientific Writing
  • Biometry
  • Current Issues in Biology
  • Graduate Biology for Educators
  • Host-Parasite Relationships
  • Vertebrate Evolutionary Biology
  • Advanced Endocrinology
  • Advanced Environmental Toxicology
  • Advanced Bacterial Genetics
  • Advanced Medical Entomology
  • Statistical Ecology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Advanced Mammalogy
  • Advanced Aquatic Entomology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Either (A) an undergraduate degree with major in biology or (B) 30 hours of undergraduate

    courses in biological sciences or closely related disciplines, with 15 hours at the upper-level,with completion of at least 3 credit hours in 4 of the following general categories: genetics,evolution, ecology, molecular and cell biology, organismal biology, and physiology.

    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Letter of Intent which describes your academic and career goals. The letter should state whether you are pursuing the thesis or non-thesis option..

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31796 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15898 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    15196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7598 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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