What will I learn?

Your goal is to become a biologist, and we want to help you achieve that goal. Our Master of Science (MSc) in Integrative Biology provides an interdisciplinary approach to biological research that allows you to explore the answers to complex questions from a perspective that bridges the traditional sub-disciplines of biology, across diverse taxa, over time scales ranging from short (physiological) to long (evolutionary).

In our program, you’ll learn to think nimbly about biological problems and processes. You’ll develop an advanced confidence in your ability to learn, think and act in a way that is supported by concrete and well-demonstrated skills in critical thinking and problem solving. You’ll gain the ability to design and implement a substantial original research project and to effectively communicate the results of that research in a variety of forms, including articles for refereed professional journals, presentations at scientific conferences, and articles for the popular press – all of which is required for you to become an expert and a leader in the field.


Our MSc in Integrative Biology is a full-time, 24-month program. In addition to a thesis, you are also required to complete BI601: Research in Integrative Biology and one elective course.


Our graduates have gone on to do:

  • doctoral research
  • medicine
  • technical work for government and industry
  • environmental consulting and risk assessment

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (24 months)

Tuition fees
CAD$20,655.00 (US$ 15,219) per year
Please note this fee is for 2019 - 2020 and subject to change in the coming year.

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

Start date

10 September 2020


Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo Campus,

75 University Avenue West,


Ontario (ON),

N2L 3C5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Four-year (honors) bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from an approved university and have a Minimum of second-class honors, or B standing, or equivalent. English language requirement: TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 89, with minimum skill scores of 21 in each of the skills tests (speaking, writing, reading and listening); Paper-based TOEFL: minimum of 573, IELTS: minimum score of 7, Pearson Test of English (PTE): minimum score of 60, CAEL: minimum score of 70.

For international students

Students must have the following:

  • A Bachelor of Science (honours) with a major in Biology, or a related program.
  • A minimum B average over the last two years of full-time undergraduate study.

English Proficiency

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 89, with minimum skill scores of 21 in each of the skills tests (speaking, writing, reading and listening).

Paper-based TOEFL: minimum of 573.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.

Pearson Test of English (PTE): minimum score of 60.

The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment: minimum score of 70.


About this uni

Studying at Laurier goes beyond being a great student at a top-rated university; it’s about being ready to take on whatever the future holds.

  • #1 in Canada for student satisfaction four years in a row
  • #1 in Canada for course instructors
  • #1 In Canada for extracurricular activities
  • Vibrant campuses in cities in Ontario, close to the US