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Biology, M.Sc.

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The Graduate Program in Biology 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 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • 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).

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate level courses. At least 24 hours must be in biology.The following areas, if not already part of the baccalaureate degree, are expected to be made up in addition to the 30-hour requirement: a. Genetics (with laboratory) b. Environmental Biology c. Organismal BiologyA minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. A master's candidate will be removed from the program if a grade of "C" is received in two courses or if a grade of "F" is received in one course.BIOL CE90 Comprehensive Examination is required for MA candidates only.

Tuition Fee

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    940 USD/credit
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  • National Applies to you

    940 USD/credit
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    Based on the original amount of 940 USD per credit and a duration of  .
  • In-State Applies to you

    940 USD/credit
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Living costs for San Antonio

  • 972 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

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