12 months
1187 USD/credit 35610 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 33270 USD/year
468 USD/credit 14040 USD/year
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You were riveted in undergrad and now you want to take your Biology education up a level. In our master's program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham we can teach you the ecology, physiology, genetics, and everything else you need to know about living things to prepare you for a career in medicine, teaching, forensics, and more.


But, to earn your degree, you first need to figure out your specialty. So, we're going to see what your interests and goals are, then pick specific courses that fit you best. We can also use that knowledge to help you choose between two plans. 

Plan 1 (thesis option) requires 24 semester hours of graduate work and six hours of thesis work. At the end, you'll present your thesis with original research. 

Plan II (non-thesis option) requires 30 semester hours of coursework. We'll make sure you have insight into the techniques of problem posing and solving. In fact, one of your requirements will be to prepare a written report. Finally, no matter which plan you choose, you'll need to either deliver a formal course lecture or conduct an instructional lab in order to finish the program.

Fast Facts:

  • Biology graduate students from The University of Alabama at Birmingham join faculty in exciting research in areas such as marine life in Antarctica, seaweed mating patterns in the Mediterranean, and plant genetics and immune systems in on-campus labs.

Programme Structure


  • Advanced Genetics for Teachers
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Life Science for Middle School Teachers
  • 21st Century Gene Editing
  • Human Anatomy for Educators
  • Histology
  • Histology Laboratory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH



On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
154 (verbal)
154 (quantitative)

Other requirements

General requirements

For admission in good standing to the M.S. and Ph.D. programs, applicants must meet the following requirements (in addition to the Graduate School's standards):

  • undergraduate degree in a biological science
  • A-B-level scholarship in all biology courses
  • two semesters of organic chemistry, two semesters of physics, and mathematics through calculus
  • minimum of 154 on verbal and quantitative scores on the GRE General Test
  • a personal statement of career goals
  • three letters of evaluation from individuals with a thorough knowledge of the applicant's academic abilities and potential
  • international students only - TOEFL of 100 or IELTS of 7 is generally required

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    35610 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    33270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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