University of Idaho

College of Graduate Studies



University of Idaho, P.O. Box 442339

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID 83844

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. in Biology, M.S. in Biology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Biological Sciences offers opportunities for advanced study at the master's and doctoral levels with either a major in biology or a major in microbiology/molecular biology/biochemistry. The Master of Science is a research degree requiring a thesis with a minimum of 30 semester credits. Students seeking a Doctor of Philosophy degree will earn a minimum of 78 hours of semester credit beyond the baccalaureate degree. These hours include credit for dissertation research. Research in the department is clustered in four main focus areas: Reproductive Biology, Evolution and Ecology, Neurobiology, and Cellular and Molecular Biology. For more complete information on research concentrations, please visit the faculty profile pages and the faculty research lab web pages. Admission to graduate programs in the department is based upon an estimate of probable success in research and courses that lead to a specific graduate degree as indicated by transcripts, letters of recommendation, and performance on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Research interests expressed in each applicant's letter of intent are compared with those of the focal research areas in the department to determine academic compatibility, so it is important that candidates give as much information as possible relating to research goals. The University of Idaho is a publicly supported land-grant university that has been designated as the state's primary institution for graduate education and research. Idaho combines an attractive campus with modern, well-equipped facilities, extensive student services, and outstanding cultural and sporting events to provide an excellent living and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. Educational opportunities at Idaho are enhanced through cooperative teaching and research efforts with nearby Washington State University.


The University of Idaho is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30, 78

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 359 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 7162 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 12788 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Distant Town

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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