Biological Sciences

Investigation Through Exploration

Program Description

Our Ph.D. program in biology will train you in the investigation, exploration, and deep understanding of the biological sciences in diverse areas of research strength. Here, you will join a dream team of renowned scientists, respected postdocs, and visionary collaborators from around the world as you immerse yourself in a research-driven environment and prepare to make a lasting impact on human well being.

Concentrations are offered in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Evolution and behavior
  • Neuroscience
  • Cell and molecular biology

Ph.D. students generally complete the program in 5-6 years, engaging in lab rotations, research, and teaching, culminating in the dissertation defense. 

M.S. in Molecular Biology (online distance education only)

This 30-credit program is a highly focused, research-oriented online program designed specifically for part-time students who have an interest in the biotechnology industry. Students pursuing the M.S. degree typically complete the program in two to six years. 

How to Apply

Please review application requirements and submission instructions here. To fulfill the application requirements for the Ph.D. in biology program, please submit a total of 3 letters of recommendation.

January 1 Ph.D. Biology- fall enrollment
July 15 M.S. Molecular Biology- fall enrollment
December 1 M.S. Molecular Biology- spring enrollment 
April 30 M.S. Molecular Biology- summer enrollment

Contact Us

For admissions and general information, please contact the graduate programs office at

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