The Master of Science in Biology is an advanced academic degree that will prepare you to pursue a more advanced degree, such as a PhD, work as a research associate in a biology-related field, or teach at the secondary level with a deeper understanding of research and the field of biology.

This program is built around 3 core components:

  • Coursework that includes Issues in Origins and Speciation (BIOL550), Research Methods and Biology Seminar I and II (BIOL681-682), and other courses selected in consultation with your faculty advisor (minimum of 24 credits). GPA must be ≥ 3.0 (B), and no course with a grade below C counts toward the degree.
  • A written thesis based on original research that culminates in a final oral examination (6 credits; 2 registrations of BIOL699).
  • A written comprehensive exam (BIOL670) taken before the end of the 3rd semester in residence. This exam will cover all areas of biology, including cellular and molecular biology, organismal biology, population biology, and philosophical biology, as they pertain to your research area of interest.

Program length

This 30-credit program can typically be completed in two years if summers are devoted to research.

Application deadlines

  • Fall (August - December): July 15
  • Spring (January - May): November 15

Academic requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree in biology or a related discipline from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 3.0 (Applicants with lower GPA may be admitted upon consideration of the composite profile)


  • Full-year courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.  Mathematics through calculus level is encouraged.

Admission requirements

  • Transcripts:  Your application will be processed based on Unofficial Transcripts and you will be able to upload a copy of your Unofficial Transcripts directly in your Graduate application. If the admission decision is to accept you into the program Official Final Transcripts will be required.

    Domestic and International Prospective students who graduated from an educational institution outside the U.S. are recommended to have transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES or ECE.
  • Recommendations: Two recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: Information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • GRE score: The exam must be taken within five years prior to admission.
  • Statement of Purpose: A 500-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; your philosophical perspective; and what you hope to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of your degree.
  • English proficiency: English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores. To learn more please visit our entrance exams page.

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

Additional requirements for international students

  • In addition to fulfilling the regular admission requirements, International students with academic acceptance who are coming to Andrews University need to submit additional documents in order to process a student visa. For more information please visit the International Students page.

    If you will be pursuing an Online program that requires you to come to campus for an orientation or class please contact the International Student Services for more specific information.


To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

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