Careers and Outcomes

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Make scientific advancements

Elevate your research expertise in biology.

Apply innovative techniques and make cutting-edge discoveries.

Preparing you for multiple paths

What are your goals?

If it's advanced study or high-level lab work, this program can be your launch pad.

  • Prepare for doctoral (PhD) programs: Many MSU alumni have been accepted by prestigious PhD programs. They go on to work at medical schools, conservation agencies, clinics, federal centers and more.
  • Career preparation: Other students get started in their careers. They find jobs in conservation, microbiology, biology education and more.
Biology graduate student Lyndsey Rightnowar smiles while tending to plants in a greenhouse.

Careers for biologists

Ready to advance in your career? Our alumni work at well-known places like:

  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • City Utilities
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Park Service
  • United States Geological Survey
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Earn your master's in biology

Join an in-demand field

Biologists solve problems to make our lives easier. A master's degree makes you even more employable.

Job outlook


Projected number of zoologists and wildlife biologists employed in 2028
Career Outlook
Doctoral-level studies


Percentage of biology master's degree recipients at Missouri State who continue their education in PhD programs.

Design the best degree for you

Explore a variety of advanced biology courses.

You can even focus your electives on interdisciplinary topics like:

  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Criminology/criminal justice
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Geology
  • Mathematics

Set your unique goals to find a career path that will lead to professional success.