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M.S. in Biology


What will I learn?

Build a strong foundation for a variety of in-demand biology careers through small classes with personalized attention.

The MS in Biology can prepare you for entrance into professional schools in the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry and veterinary medicine) and for research doctoral programs. Secondary school biology teachers can use a graduate program to fulfill the requirements of certain tracks for professional certification and/or expand their knowledge base. Graduates can also acquire the tools and skills for successful careers in public health and environmental and patent law, or the dynamic and growing field of biotechnology and its related fields of pharmaceuticals, biomedical research, cancer research and laboratory medicine.

Why Study Biology at Adelphi?

  • Customize your education to your interests and needs, with two track options that allow you to either perform laboratory or field-based research or to explore scientific research through the primary literature, both under the guidance of one of our distinguished faculty.
  • Take advantage of financial support options including our rewarding graduate teaching assistantships.
  • Apply when the time is right, thanks to an accessible rolling admissions process.

Whether you are considering a master’s in biology or with a concentration in biotechnology or one of our other concentrations, each degree is split into two tracks: a thesis track for students who are interested in conducting laboratory or field-based research or a non-thesis track, which is appropriate for students who are looking to expand their knowledge of the biological sciences through analysis of the primary scientific literature.

Optional Concentrations

Within each of the biology program tracks, students may wish to choose an additional concentration of related courses. Selecting a concentration is optional and the courses can be taken within the credits needed for the degree. Only one concentration may be chosen.

  • Molecular Biology
  • Physiology
  • Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (33 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,380 per credit hour
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


Adelphi University

1 South Avenue,


New York,

11530, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must present evidence of their qualifications for advanced study.

For international students

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in biology or related field.

Internet-based Test (IBT) TOEFL - Total of 80 or better or the completion of ELS Language Center’s Level 112 is required. The IELTS (with a score of 6.5) may also be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL exam.

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


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