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Master's in Biology (Biology, MS)

College of Arts and Sciences
Our faculty teach with an eye toward the real world applications of scientific inquiry. They bring relevant experience in a variety of research areas and are dedicated to high-quality instruction, personalized mentoring, and student engagement. In our 36-credit hour program, you’ll have flexible scheduling options and research, volunteer and internship opportunities that will prepare you to advance in your chosen field.
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Location: Chicago, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Master's
The Master of Science in Biology program is a comprehensive biological science program that prepares students for employment in a variety of professional settings and for further study toward doctoral degrees. Students may focus their studies in cellular/molecular biology, physiology/developmental biology, conservation ecology, or biochemistry.

Expectations & Requirements


The emphasis of the Master of Science in Biology degree program is to develop practical research skills and a thorough conceptual foundation in the field of biological science. The program is course-based and includes a one-semester research experience. Students who are prepared for additional research training may pursue a master’s thesis under the sponsorship of a department faculty member. The MS program is characterized by:

  • Graduate-level coursework in a rigorous, yet flexible and broad-based curriculum
  • An academic environment that fosters collaboration among students
  • Personal attention from experienced faculty
  • Advising and mentoring in academic, volunteer, research and internship opportunities that enhance student skills before transitioning to doctoral programs, professional school or the workforce.

Sample Courses

  • Molecular Biology
  • Immunology
  • Quantitative Ecology and Conservation
  • Physiology: Mechanisms and Disorders
  • Protein Structure Determination


Many of our alumni are employed in research and technical positions, both in academia and in the industry. Others pursue doctoral degrees such as the PhD and MD, and find success in professional careers here in Chicago and worldwide.
Career Options
PhD programs and academic research in life science fields; employment in state/federal laboratories and environmental agencies; research and technical positions in local/regional life science companies; college/university science teaching; science journalism, law and management.


The MS Biology program at Roosevelt was instrumental in my decision to go into academia. Every part of the curriculum was designed to have a practical research component. It really painted a clear picture of what to expect in a PhD program or a career in research. Also, holding classes at night or during the weekend allowed for a manageable schedule, ultimately making my choice to attend Roosevelt an easy one!
Maleen Cabe - MS Biology '12
One of our objectives for teaching and learning in the MS Biology program is to address big societal questions. We engage and compel students to stay connected to broader issues and to their communities.
Robert Seiser
Associate Professor of Biology & Chemistry‚Äč,
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  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • One letter of recommendation required for review. May submit up to two letters of recommendation.
  • Official GRE scores are recommended for this program
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement. 
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