What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Biology provides students with advanced training in biological fields ranging from ecology, evolutionary biology and genomics to cancer biology, comparative physiology and molecular biology. World class research faculty that work with a wide variety of organisms including plants, animals and microbes prepare students for careers in industry or the private sector for students looking for a position right out of graduate school. In addition, those students who wish to pursue a PhD in Biology or other terminal degree often earn the MS in Biology first.

The 36-hour non-thesis option may be elected by students working toward the M.S. degrees in biology and microbiology. However, those students who expect to work beyond the M.S. degree and toward the Ph.D. degree are strongly encouraged to choose the 30-hour thesis option.

The Department of Biological Sciences Master of Science programs include concentrations in the areas of animal physiology, ecology, evolution and systematic biology, microbiology, plant physiology, plant biotechnology, and quantitative biology.

Once admitted to a master’s program, students may be required by their advisory committee to take a preliminary, diagnostic examination that includes subject matter usually required of undergraduates. If the preliminary examination reveals serious weaknesses in the student’s subject-matter background, the student may be required to take remedial courses designated by the advisory committee.

All graduate students in the Master of Science programs are required to take BIOL 6202 during their first fall semester after acceptance in the graduate degree program. During their first year, teaching assistants are required to take a special topics course (BIOL 6301) that emphasizes development of teaching skills.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (36 hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,693.00 per year

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

Start date

24 August 2020, 13 January 2021


College of Arts and Sciences

Texas Tech University,



79409, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who have already earned a Bachelor's degree and wish to continue their education at the Master's or Doctoral level.

For international students

The applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - The minimum TOEFL score required is 79.

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) - The minimum IELTS required score is an overall band score of 6.5 on the Academic version.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - The minimum required PTE Academic score is 60.

Cambridge C2 Proficiency Test (Cambridge CPE) - The minimum required Cambridge CPE grade is a score of 180 or above.

Cambridge C1 Advanced Proficiency Test (Cambridge CAE) - The minimum required Cambridge CAE grade is a score of 175 or above.

Application Deadlines: Applications should be submitted by January 15th for fall and June 15th for spring semester.

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