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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.

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.

  • Molecular biologist
  • Cellular biologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Laboratory geneticist
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Cumulative undergraduate GPA minimum: 3.0/4.0

TOEFL minimum: 80

Meeting the minimum 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