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What will I learn?

The BS/MS ("2+3") Biology program is an accelerated program that allows students of appropriate academic ability and maturity to complete both a BS and a MS in Biology in five years of full time study. The program allows students to apply 12 of the 30 MS credit hours towards the BS (per the approval of the College of Arts and Sciences), reducing the overall required hours for the two degrees. Students will pay graduate credit hour tuition for all courses applied to the graduate degree. All other requirements for the BS and MS degrees remain in effect.

Awarding of Degrees

Both degrees (the BS and MS) will be awarded when all requirements for the entire program have been completed. In other words, the BS and MS degrees will be simultaneously awarded at the completion of study. Students who officially withdraw from the BS/MS Dual Biology Degree Program and who have successfully completed all of the requirements for the BS degree will be awarded the BS degree.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
$24,406.00 (18,15,055) per year
USD $24,406 for bachelor degree; USD $22,980 for master degree

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

23 August 2021, 18 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

1 University Boulevard,

303 Lucas Hall,



63121, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) on minimum of 30 transferable credit hours (excluding nursing course work)

For international students

Students in their last year of high school should submit transcripts for all years completed thus far. Students who have completed high school must submit final transcripts and degree certificates or exam results.
Students who have studied at a college or university must submit university transcripts to date. If you have completed more than 24 credit hours at a university, you do not need to submit high school transcripts.
Transcripts are required from all high schools or universities attended.
Proof of English proficiency: This can be shown with an official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE-A score. The minimum requirements are 61 iBT TOEFL, 5.5 IELTS, or 44 PTE-A.

Applicants must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (both overall and in science courses) and must submit at least two letters of recommendation (one instructor and one academic advisor is recommended).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Missouri - St. Louis

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is a global university in the heart of America, offering quality degrees in a world-class metropolitan location.

  • No. 63 in the Times Higher Education “Golden Age” rankings
  • Tier 1 national research university with STEM degrees
  • State-of-the-art, subject-specific facilities and labs
  • Low cost of living in a city with high starting salaries