Program Overview

The Graduate Program in Biology is meant to reach those working professionals who cannot be constrained by the traditional course scheduling. To accomplish this, University of Saint Joseph brings courses to students by means of an Internet-based lecture program. Thus, students can fit courses around their work and home schedules, completing a Master of Science program in Biology within two years.

Courses run year-round over three-semester scheduling. The features of the online courses vary between classes, at the discretion of the professor, but generally include a threaded discussion and frequent assessment of the material. The threaded discussion allows students to answer questions posed by the instructor, and then build upon those answers. Thus, a dialogue is created not only between instructor and student, but also among students in a cooperative venture to understand the material and delve deeper into the topic.

Frequent assessment ensures that students are cognizant of the material and what they need to do to expand their understanding. Some courses use an online quiz format, essay format, or case study analysis for assessment or a mixture of all of them. Some courses even include video lectures in addition to reading assignments. In any case, each student generally receives more individual attention via the discussion group and email than students in regular graduate courses. Students complete their 30 credits of coursework in an online format and may transfer up to six credits of biology related credits.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


    Students must have a baccalaureate degree in Biology or related field (ex: cell biology, ecology, marine biology, genetics, zoology, plant biology, evolutionary biology, microbiology) from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0. If the degree is not in Biology, transcripts must reflect a B or better for a minimum of 4 biology lab courses.

    School Overview

    The private, not-for-profit University of Saint Joseph enrolls more than 2,500 students, most of whom are female; women make up 99 percent of the student body. The Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut founded the first women’s liberal arts college in Hartford, Connecticut in 1932. Since its beginning, the school has retained its Roman Catholic principles educating students in the fields of education, nursing, human services, the humanities, and the sciences. The University of Saint Joseph states a Roman Catholic mission that “provides a rigorous liberal arts and professional education for a diverse student population while maintaining a strong commitment to developing the potential of women,” in addition to “promot[ing] the growth of the whole person in a caring environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society.”

    Saint Joseph offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, housed in the following schools:

    • School of Education
    • School of Graduate and Professional Studies
    • School of Health & Natural Sciences
    • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
    • School of Pharmacy

    Online programs at the University of Saint John include several graduate degrees. Courses are asynchronous and students can enroll in the online programs at any time.


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