Biology Graduate Program

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Be a leader in biology research

A master's degree in biology will enhance your learning with opportunities to present your scientific findings.

Take a big step toward your PhD or higher-paying jobs in research, government, nonprofits and much more.

Why earn your master's degree in biology at Missouri State?


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  • Master your research – Develop your thesis with individualized opportunities using state-of-the-art tools across 20 faculty research labs.
  • Save money on your degree – There are many scholarships and assistantships to help you financially support your education.
  • Customize your studies – Broaden or focus your knowledge in biology and related sciences like animal behavior, cellular biology, ecology and more.
  • Receive excellent preparation – Be set up for success as a researcher, educator or industry leader. Train alongside expert faculty and get ready for your doctoral or medical schooling or your career.

Degree options

Earn your degree on a timeline that suits you. You’ll be able to pick courses that support your goals.

Degree option
Follow the normal degree plan timeline, which can be completed in about two years.
Degree option
Are you a highly motivated student with strong grades? Begin your graduate studies as you finish your bachelor’s degree (major).

Enjoy diverse degree options

This program is very customizable and allows you to be broadly trained in biology or have a specific area of course work and research.

With help from your advisor, you can focus your master's degree on an area(s) like:

  • Animal behavior
  • Aquatic biology
  • Cancer biology
  • Cellular biology
  • Ecology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Evolution
  • Fisheries
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Nanobiology
  • Plant biology
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Review a sample degree plan


Expand your research skills

Research is pivotal for your growth and development. It's also a requirement for your degree.

You'll have individualized research opportunities in an array of faculty labs as you use state-of-the-art equipment.
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Careers and Outcomes
Become a star biologist. Have the training, knowledge and research skills to thrive in the workforce or doctoral (PhD) programs.