Online Master of Science in Biology

Deepen your knowledge about the life sciences with a Master of Science in biology. Encompassing the study of all life, biology has broad applications from addressing public health challenges to climate change. An online master’s in biology can lead you to careers across industries that benefit from biological expertise.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/09/2023


Total classes:

Total classes: 12

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

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Why earn a master’s degree in biology?

An advanced understanding of biological concepts can add dimension to your roles in classrooms, laboratories and other career settings. In the online master’s in biology, you’ll build upon your foundational knowledge and refine your interests in the life sciences. Explore your biological passion areas in molecular biology, genomics, biotechnology and more.

Additionally, because biology is interdisciplinary by nature, you can also explore the intersection of your interest areas. For example, you can study biology as a consideration of computational sciences, conservation issues and medicine.

What skills will I learn in the online master’s in biology?

 

The master’s degree in biology allows you to strengthen your knowledge of biological concepts, while learning how to communicate this information to others. Having both skill sets can expand your opportunities in an ever-changing job market. You’ll develop a variety of skills, including:

  • Analyzing data and statistics.
  • Communicating biological concepts.
  • Interpreting and presenting scientific results.
  • Writing for science careers.

What can I do with a master’s degree in biology?

 

An online master’s in biology is versatile, as nearly every industry considers the needs of living beings. Advanced biological knowledge can lead to job opportunities in postsecondary teaching, science writing, pharmaceuticals and more. The master’s degree in biology may also act as a stepping stone to a professional health career, such as a physician assistant, pharmacist, doctor of physical therapy or occupational therapist.

Will my online master’s in biology say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Online master’s in biology courses

In the master’s degree in biology, you can customize your study plan based on your interest area. This means that a majority of your courses are electives, with topics ranging from biotechnology and conservation to computational biology and genomics. You’ll also complete a capstone course during your final semester, in which you’ll apply what you’ve learned to your chosen topic. Courses include:


Core

Current Topics in the Life Sciences


Core

Responsible conduct in Research


Core

SOLS Seminar Series


Elective

Advanced Evolutionary Medicine


Elective

Bacterial Diversity and Systematics


Elective

Computing for Research


Elective

Data Analysis and Visualization in R


Elective

Evolutionary Medicine and Global Health


What jobs can I get with a master’s degree in biology?

With an expanded understanding of the life sciences, you’ll graduate prepared for a breadth of roles across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. You can also continue on to further graduate studies, such as professional health programs. Careers you may pursue include, but are not limited to:

Agricultural scientist

Community college instructor

Conservation scientist

Elementary school science teacher

Government lab researcher

Healthcare scientist

High school science teacher

Nonprofit researcher

Research technician

Learn from scientists at the forefront of their fields

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Learn from scientists at the forefront of their fields

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Online master’s in biology admission requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in biology program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Application requirements

Additional admission information

The largest and most diverse college at ASU

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140


million in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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