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What will I learn?

The master of biological sciences (MBS) degree is a highly flexible graduate-level program designed to meet the needs of members of the working community who wish to increase their knowledge in areas of modern biology. Students focus their studies in one of three broad areas: molecular biosciences, cellular and organismal biology, or environmental and population biology. Limited elective credits in areas, such as education, business, and public health can be used to support a student's individual career goals and program focus. The degree enables recipients to learn new job skills, change professional emphasis, or provide added value to their present job and may be completed on a part-time basis.

Intake: Fall and Spring

Which department am I in?

College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$27,612.00 per year

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

Start date

Expected January 2023


College of Continuing and Professional Studies

20 Ruttan Hall,

1994 Buford Avenue,



55108, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Anyone who has or will obtain a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission. The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.30.

For international students

The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.

To be admitted, students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary US institution or its foreign equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – Total Score: 79; Writing Subscore: 21; Reading Subscore: 19; IELTS Academic – Total Score: 6.5; Writing Subscore: 6.5; Reading Subscore: 6.5; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – Total Score: 59; Writing Subscrore: 59; Reading Subscore: 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – Total Score: 180; Writing Subscore: 180; Reading Subscore: 180.


About University of Minnesota

UMN is one of the United States’ top public research institutions, where students gain a world-class education on a historic campus in a vibrant city.

  • 150+ undergraduate and 200+ graduate programs
  • Beautiful campus with the Mississippi River on site
  • World-class academics and close personal support throughout
  • Opportunities for scholarships and financial awards

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