American University

College of Arts and Sciences

Biology (MA)(MS)


4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-Biology; M.S.-Biology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Biology offers programs leading to the M.A. or M.S. degree in biology. Both emphasize the development of research techniques. Research and teaching laboratories are well equipped and constantly upgraded. Students have the opportunity to gain experience in scientific methods and experimental design in the laboratory and in the field. Graduate research may be carried out in the department or in the laboratories of federal agencies such as Walter Reed Institute of Pathology, the National Institutes of Health, and the Naval Medical Research Institute. The M.S. is a research degree that may serve as an intermediate degree for those intending to pursue further graduate study as well as a necessary degree for a variety of careers in the life sciences. The M.A. degree is a non-thesis degree for students seeking various life science professions, as additional training for students seeking admission to professional schools, or as an intermediate degree for those intending to pursue further graduate study.


American University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the CHEA.

International Student Requirements:

Please see American University's College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Admission’s website for admission requirements.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1178.00

In State Tuition (per year): 35340

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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