M.S. in Biology

The Master of Science in Biology is a research-oriented degree that may be pursued on a full-time basis.


To be considered for admission to the master’s program, a student must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a biological science. Individuals with degrees in other natural sciences may be considered, depending on their interests and background.

Our priority deadline is December 15 with rolling admissions until March 15, based on space available.  The general Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required and applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 250 Computer, or 100 Internet.  For more information about the application process, visit the admissions section of our web page.

Academic Requirements

MS students are required to complete 30 semester hours of graduate level coursework, 20 of which must be taken for a letter grade.  Of the 20 semester hours taken for a letter grade, 12 semester hours will consist of the following REQUIRED courses: BIOL 7382 Research Problem Solving, Scientific Writing and Communication (4 SH), and two out of following four discipline-specific courses: BIOL 6303 Neurobiology and Behavior (4 SH), BIOL 6399 Dynamics of Microbial Ecology (4 SH), BIOL 6401 Research Methods and Critical Analysis in Molecular Cell Biology (4 SH), and BIOL 6403 Ecology and Evolution (4 SH).

A minimum GPA of 3.000 for all graduate work is required for the award of the MS degree. All regulations of the Graduate School regarding maintenance of academic standing apply.

Master’s Program Students Applying to the PhD Program

A candidate for the MS degree may apply to the PhD program after completing 15 semester hours of course work in the master’s program. The application must include an up-to-date transcript of courses taken since admission to the master’s program and letters of reference from two Northeastern faculty members, including a letter of commitment from the student’s proposed doctoral dissertation adviser. Students applying to the PhD program must meet all course requirements for the PhD.