The online Master of Science in Biomimicry at ASU is a first of its kind program focusing on an emerging discipline that seeks to apply life’s strategies to human design. Offered in collaboration with Biomimicry 3.8 through The Biomimicry Center at ASU, the MS also complements the Certified Biomimicry Professional program offered by Biomimicry 3.8. 

Classes will vary between 7.5, 12 and 15 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

Through this degree program, you will learn the methodology and practice of the discipline and how to facilitate its application across a wide-variety of applications. This program is ideal if you are interested in innovative, transdisciplinary learning and the opportunity to work with students from around the globe to advance the field and develop sustainable, real-world applications. You will also apply the fundamentals of your training during a series of practicums, including a self-designed “Biomimicry Virtual Design Lab.”

The biomimicry MS addresses the strong demand for the incorporation of biomimicry practices in different professions and industries including sustainability, design, life science, engineering and business. Because of the practical application emphasis of the program, you will benefit the most from your training with at least a 3-5 years of experience after your undergraduate degree. Others who have studied biomimicry have applied their knowledge globally in areas like sustainability, transportation, product design, architecture, economics, and nonprofit ventures.

The School of Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences innovates education by hosting concentrations which compliment unique career tracks. Here, students can pursue their passion and initiate innovation in areas of need.

  • No. 21 in the world for biological sciences on the Quacquarelli Symonds list
  • Undergraduate student research opportunities
  • More students from School of Life Sciences are accepted into medical school than any other college within ASU
  • Hosts use-inspired research centers like the Biomimicry Center
  • Graduates enter into fields where growth opportunity has been identified for years to come


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  • More than 100 faculty
  • Innovative research includes: Ebola virus cure, endangered species preservation, human evolution, and renewable energy generation.
  • Create partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution and are locally embedded with the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden, among others.
  • Emphasize community outreach

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Related Careers

There is rapidly growing demand for biomimicry practitioners in industry. Graduates of the MS program will be able to:


Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Graduate admissions application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Questionnaire (to be filled out and uploaded)
  4. Curriculum vitae or resume
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Your letters of recommendation should come from current/former professors and/or supervisors. Colleagues, classmates, and family friends are generally not considered as good candidates for letters of recommendation.

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