M.Sc. On Campus


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

12 months
32500 USD/year
32500 USD/year
17776 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science in Biology program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley provides graduate level coursework with an emphasis on hands-on problem solving and scientific discovery. 


Students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will learn and understand how organisms maintain homeostasis, reproduce, evolve, and how they interact with each other and their environment, within the following areas Genetics, Evolution, Ecology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Organismal Biology, and Physiology. 

Key Features 

  • Graduates of our program are rigorously prepared to be competent, confident and competitive individuals for a variety of careers in the biological sciences. 
  • Graduates of this program pursue successful careers in industry, education, policy administration, public health, and matriculate to PhD programs. Individuals have the choice of selecting between a thesis and non-thesis option.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Scientific Communication
  • Biometry
  • Current Issues in Biology
  • Graduate Biology for Educators
  • Vertebrate Evolutionary Biology
  • Advanced Environmental Toxicology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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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.
  • Two  letters  of  recommendation  from  professional  or  academic sources.
  • Letter of Intent which describes your academic and career goals.
  • GRE General Test. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years.
  • Applicants pursuing the thesis option must have a prospective faculty supervisor. A prospective faculty advisor must be a faculty member who has agreed to work with the student if accepted into the program. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32500 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    32500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32500 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • In-State

    17776 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17776 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Texas City

882 - 1634 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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