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Biology Master of Science

Program Details

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.


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.

Accreditation & Licensing

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