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Biology (M.S.)

A master of science degree in biology may expand career opportunities in health care, biochemistry, biotechnology, patent law, genetics, or other fields. Or it can serve as preparation for a Ph.D.

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

Choose a thesis option or a non-thesis option to complete the program.

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 the program.

Program Overview

The small, caring faculty gives personal attention to shape a degree suited for different needs, opening career possibilities in industry, business, law, policy, administration, or research.

Career Opportunities

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

  • Arborist
  • Cellular biologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Laboratory geneticist

Cumulative undergraduate GPA minimum: 3.0/4.0

TOEFL minimum: 80

GRE minimum scores:
299 (quantitative and verbal), 2.5 (analytical writing)

Meeting the minimum GRE and GPA standards does not guarantee admission into the program. Other factors that will be considered prior admission are letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Program Specializations