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Biology (B.S.)/Biology (M.S.)

Simultaneously earn a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in biology in this five-year program, saving both time and tuition costs.

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Illinois Tech offers a small, caring faculty, giving you the personal attention to shape a degree suited for different needs. The accelerated master's in biology degree program opens possibilities in industry, business, law, policy, administration, or research, either as a terminal degree or as preparation for a Ph.D.

After completing the bachelor's program, choose a thesis option or a non-thesis option to complete the M.S. in biology.

The thesis option is designed as preparation for a career as an experimental biologists in academia, government, or industry, as well as a path to a Ph.D. This option is available on a competitive basis.

The non-thesis option is intended as a degree to meet the needs of science administrators, policymakers, patent attorneys, and others. A library research project or a laboratory research project is required to complete this master of science program.

Program Overview

Illinois Tech offers a small, caring faculty, giving you the personal attention to shape a degree suited for different needs. The accelerated master's in biology opens possibilities in industry, business, law, policy, administration, or research. Or use it as preparation for a Ph.D.

Career Opportunities

An advanced degree in biology opens up job possibilities in a number of specialized and higher-paying jobs.

  • Molecular biologist
  • Cellular biologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Laboratory geneticist

Students applying to the Accelerated Master's Program must have completed at least 60 credit hours with at least one full-semester (12 credit hours) of applicable undergraduate study at the university.

Students must be at least one full-time semester (12 credit hours) away from undergraduate degree completion in order to apply.

Applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0; however, please consult individual departments for specific minimum GPA requirements.