Biology, MS
Accelerated Program

The Biology Master's program complements other, more specialized life science degree programs at Arizona State University. We offer individualized courses of study that include laboratory, field and theoretical work.

The biology MS degree allows both interdisciplinary and more traditional disciplinary approaches. The program is flexible and tailored to your individual needs and interests in consultation with your program's committee.

You may pursue a joint bachelor's and master's degree in biology. In this program, you are enrolled concurrently in both undergraduate and graduate classes, as well as seminars.

However, in this program you are not eligible for graduate benefits, including research assistantships, related health insurance, financial aid, or graduate award programs, until the bachelor's degree is complete.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted Oct. 1 - Dec. 15 to begin the program the following August.
The Biology Master’s program admits one group of students each year to begin study in the fall semester. 

There is no guarantee that applications received after Dec. 15 will be reviewed. 

For the BS/MS program only, applications are accepted on a rolling basis for admission at any time. Top candidates are usually interviewed prior to admission to the program.

Before applying, we encourage you to read our Tips for Applying.

We will notify you of your admissions status by April 15. 

Desired qualifications

  • Research experience 
  • Undergraduate GPA minimum 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  • GRE scores: 50% Verbal and 70% Quantitative 
  • International students: TOEFL score of 100, or IELTS score of 6.5

Note: Your application is evaluated based on your entire application package.

To apply, follow the How and When to Apply link below.

 You will be asked to:

  1. Review the university standards, degree program timelines and application requirements
  2. Complete the graduate admission application
  3. Send official transcripts, general GRE scores and language tests (international students only) to graduate admissions services
  4. Submit a non-refundable application fee
  5. Have official materials sent to graduate admissions services 

Degree Offered

Biology, MS
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadlines

Applications for Fall 2019 accepted:  Oct. 1-Dec. 15, 2018
Priority deadline:  Dec. 1, 2018

Financial Support for Graduate Education

More information on financial support through the School of Life Sciences.

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