Within the master of science in biology program, opportunity is provided for concentrated study and research in a variety of fields especially cell and molecular biology and ecology. Students who complete this master’s program have a number of opportunities. Some enter various positions of authority in business, at research institutions, in environmental management, or education. Others continue their education by going on to earn a Ph.D. or graduating from a professional school in such areas as medicine or other health-related fields.

Application Requirements

  • A transcript showing the completion of an undergraduate degree in the sciences, preferably in biology
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of personal, professional, and academic goals
  • GRE scores
  • Optional: resume detailing work or research experience

Application Deadlines

Fall Priority Deadline: March 1st
Spring Priority Deadline: November 1st

Degree Requirements

30 total credits plus a comprehensive examination

Plan A: The Thesis Requirement
Six credits are awarded under Plan A for an original thesis based on investigation and completion of a research project. Students are encouraged, though not required, to report on their research at meetings of professional biologists and to publish results in a research journal.

Plan B: The Essay Requirement
Plan B requires the completion of an essay focused on a current biology research interest. Students will have the opportunity to develop a concentration of 12 or more credits in cell biology, ecology, neuroscience, or plant and cell physiology.

Graduate Faculty

Visit the Biology Graduate Faculty Listing.

Contact the Department

Dr. Eric Klein
(856) 225-6335
eric.a.klein@rutgers.edu 
JHSC, Rm 215

Program Website

Visit the Department of Biology website