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Biology, M.A./M.Sc.

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The Graduate Program in Biology from University of the Incarnate Word has been a successful component of the University's mission in education, scholarship, and service for over 30 years. The Master's degree in Biology has served as both a terminal degree meeting professional requirements, and as a bridge towards the doctoral degree.


Graduate have entered careers in education, research, and government service. Candidates for the master's degree in Biology from University of the Incarnate Word reflect the diversity found in San Antonio and surrounding communities. Hallmarks of graduates are the skills and attitudes to become independent scholars. 

Two degrees are offered:

  • The Master of Arts in Biology provides a broad background of course work in biology, including molecular and cellular biology, environmental biology, and organismal biology. 
  • The Master of Science in Biology provides additional training in laboratory-based or field research through completion of a thesis.


The Biology major serves a wide variety of career opportunities. In addition to professional school opportunities or graduate school in biological sciences, the biology major provides a strong foundation in the basic life sciences that prepares students for research and technical positions in universities, government, and industry. 

A biology degree also prepares graduates for positions in zoos, museums, botanical gardens and wildlife parks. With a minor in teaching, graduates can be certified to teach biology in high school or science in middle school.

Programme Structure

Courses included: 

  • Biogeography Analysis
  • Molecular Biology Study
  • Tropical Parasitology Study
  • Medical Microbiology Mechanisms
  • Virology Study

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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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).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

    GRE minimum combined scores of 300 on Verbal and Quantitative sections.

  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and official GRE scores in order to be considered for admission to the Graduate Program in Biology. 
  • In addition to the general requirements listed in the Graduate Admissions section of the Bulletin, the following are prerequisites for the Graduate Program in Biology: a bachelor's degree in Biology or closely related field, either a 3.0 GPA in Biology or a GRE minimum combined scores of 300 on Verbal and Quantitative sections, 8 semester hours credit in principles of chemistry, 6 semester hours of organic chemistry, and 12 upper-division hours in biology. 
  • Students with deficiencies in these areas will be required to take these courses for undergraduate credit.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    960 USD/credit
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  • National

    960 USD/credit
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Living costs for San Antonio

  • 972 - 1510 USD/month
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