Program Overview

Our biology labs are as big as the Great Lakes. Literally. See how much you can accomplish when your research program has its own biological station on Lake Michigan.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 2 years
Credit Hours: 30 - 36

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

As a master's student in biology, you won't just conduct meaningful research. You'll find your lab work intertwined with field opportunities. This hands-on program gives you a chance to work with our distinguished faculty while exploring the natural wonders that surround us in Michigan.

You'll choose from two tracks in this program. The first is meant for students preparing for research-oriented careers or further study and requires a thesis. Most students pursue this option. Some students follow a non-thesis option. Your coursework will be approved by your advisory committee, and you'll complete minor research or independent study report.

Program Highlights

You'll conduct cutting-edge research while working alongside caring faculty in the biology master's program:

  • We're a research leader. Our Carnegie research classification places us among the top 5 percent of research institutions in the U.S. Graduate students work alongside faculty on cutting-edge research questions in the fields of microbiology, cellular and molecular biology, physiology, developmental biology and genetics.
  • Our biological station on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan is a researcher's dream: Explore cedar swamps, sand dunes, and the lake itself on our research vessel, MV Chippewa.
  • The 4-story, 169,000-square-foot Biosciences Building is home to a vivarium, herbarium and microscopy facility.


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Careers protecting the environment start here. Learn the latest field techniques and conduct research at our new Biosciences Building or our biological station on Beaver Island. When you graduate with a concentration in conservation biology, you'll be ready for a career at a conservation agency or in government, or to pursue a Ph.D.

Careers & Outcomes

An MS in Biology will equip you to start a career in the lab or the field.

Career Projected Salary
Biologist $64,650
Research Scientist $74,342
Natural Science Research Director $87,514
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