Biology M.S.

Receive individualized mentoring as you pursue your passion in research

Our students work with faculty that are curious about life and passionate about advancing scientific knowledge through research. Graduates of our program are well-prepared for successful careers in healthcare, scientific research, education, and natural resource management. Many of our graduate students go on to excel in science-based PhD programs.

Our Biology faculty supervise thesis research projects in the fields of Anatomy and Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (see Scholarworks for recent Biology M.S. thesis topics). Students can take advantage of a tissue culture facility, CT scanner, flow cytometer, specialized (fluorescence, confocal and scanning electron) microscopes, the UNI Biological Preserves System, as well as strong partnerships with the Tallgrass Prairie Center and UNI Botanical Center.

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Mark Myers, Ph.D.

Master of Science in Biology Program Coordinator

(319) 273-2456

Career Opportunities

With the master’s in Biology you might be ready to apply to a doctoral program and/or advance your career in areas of the life sciences, healthcare, scientific research, education, and natural resource management. For example, our alumni has landed on the following positions:

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Assistant Director for Research
  • Biologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Park Manager
  • Research Associate
  • Research Technician
  • Wildlife Biologist

Courses & Curriculum

  • Graduate Colloquium and Scientific Skills
  • Research Methods in Biology 
  • Research
  • Electives, such as: Immunology, Evolutionary Biology, Genomics, etc.
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Our program features Thesis Research

In our program, you will have a Biology faculty mentor who will provide personalized instruction and will help supervise your thesis research project. It is important to work with a faculty member whose research program is a close match to your own interests. Learn more about faculty members' research, and then reach out to the people who do the kind of work that most interests you.

Next Steps

Requirements for Admission

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Applicant statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 2.75 is the minimum GPA to be accepted without provision; applicants with a GPA lower than 2.75 may still be admitted provisionally, at the discretion of the program and the Graduate College
  • Application fee (this can be waived or deferred, see if you qualify).

Applications are considered on a rolling basis for both Fall and Spring admission, but applications should be submitted by February 1 for full financial aid consideration.