Biology M.A. or M.S.

Routed in Research, Customized for Your Career Goals

The cornerstone of the graduate biology programs at Saint Joseph's University is scientific research.  These programs offers a small, hands-on learning environment and affords students the choice of earning a Master of Science (M.S.) or a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Biology.

The M.S. program is full-time and designed to be completed within two years, while the M.A. program accommodates both full and part-time students. Students enrolled at SJU with majors in Biology or Environmental Science may be able to complete a combined 5-year BS/MA or BS/MS degree.

M.S. Program

The M.S. program focuses on not only increasing students’ factual understanding of a wide range of life science topics but also on developing and refining their skills as experimental scientists. Therefore, all M.S. students are required to conduct original research under the guidance of a biology faculty member. This research project typically spans two years. M.S. students then prepare a written thesis and give a public presentation of their findings as a department seminar.

M.A. Program

The M.A. program is focused on traditional coursework. M.A. students are often seeking to improve their academic credentials in order to pursue admission to a professional school program, for promotion within the secondary education system, or within corporate settings. While the M.A. program is designed around traditional classroom experiences, students are also encouraged to participate in original research with biology faculty members.

Exposure to Wide Range of Disciplines

Research and courses are offered in wide range of biological disciplines, including:

  • Molecular biology
  • Microbiology
  • Environmental biology
  • Anatomy
  • Behavior
  • Plant biology
  • Physiology
  • Developmental biology
  • Computer modeling
  • Mycology