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Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #826 (BCR) , TX,
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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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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

  • 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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Living costs for Texas City

  • 882 - 1640 USD/month
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