Northeastern Illinois University

College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Science in Biology


5500 N. St. Louis Avenue

Graduate Admissions, Room D-101D

Chicago, IL 60625

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. - Biology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Biology program serves those interested in advanced training in applied or basic biological research and teaching. The program also provides a basis for further graduate or professional studies. The M.S. in Biology is broadly based, allowing students to tailor their courses to suit their interests. Laboratory skills are integral to many Biology careers, thus students are encouraged to include lab courses in their program of study. Faculty in the M.S. in Biology program have expertise in a range of sub-disciplines including Ecology, Organismal, Cell, and Molecular Biology. All newly admitted students matriculate in the Fall semester. CAREERS ? Biologist scientist ? College biology instructor ? K-12 biology teacher ? Pharmaceutical Industry ? Industry researcher ? Food scientist ? Microbiologist ? Biologist technician ? Botanist ? Zoologist The M.S. in Biology allows students to tailor their program of study to meet their individual needs. Each student in the M.S. in Biology program will be required to assemble a portfolio of work that they complete during their tenure in the program. All graduate students are required to take BIO 405-Biological Literature and at least one course that includes a laboratory or field component. There are several possible options for completion of the program: Research Thesis Option, Library Thesis Option and Non-Thesis Option


The University has regional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, the university also is accredited through several disciplinary bodies.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 33-36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): In-state $364.60 Out-of-state $671.60 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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