Conduct cutting-edge research in the biological sciences and prepare for a dynamic career in academics, government, industry and beyond.
The M.S. in Biology combines broad expertise in the biological sciences with a strong focus on critical sub-disciplines including ecology, wildlife biology, disease biology, genetics and genomics, and developmental biology. You’ll conduct research at a high level, master the technical skills you need and prepare for a rewarding career.
- Program type:
- Master's Degree
- Est. time to complete:
- 2-3 years
- Credit hours:
- 30 (with thesis); 32 (without thesis)
Why Earn a Master's Degree in Biology at UND?
Solid expertise in the science of living things prepares you to tackle pressing global challenges in a changing world. With a master's degree in biology from UND, you'll have skills, knowledge and research experience that set you apart as a scholar, a researcher and a leader.
Biology Graduate Research
The Department of Biology offers graduate work in the areas of:
- Cell Biology
- Conservation Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Fisheries Biology and Management
- Forensic Biology
- Genetics and Genomics
- Grassland Ecology
- Molecular Biology
- Systems Biology
- Wildlife Biology and Management
In our collaborative environment, you'll work closely with expert faculty on high-level research in state-of-the-art facilities and in the field.
Conduct original, independent research. Research studies include effects of environmental toxins on brain and reproductive system development, climate change effects on nesting success of birds, and prairie restoration.
Work in state-of-the-art facilities including greenhouses, vertebrate and invertebrate museums, tissue culture facilities, and molecular biology labs.
Enjoy financial support from a teaching assistantship, research assistantship or fellowship/traineeship.
Do field research in our four field stations and array of northern prairie ecosystems.
Graduate school will prepare you for a dynamic biology career on the front lines of some of today's most urgent challenges. You could work on:
- Conservation and wildlife management on human-dominated landscapes
- Protection of endangered species
- Organismal and ecological responses to climate and landscape change
- Relating phenotypic responses to genetic mechanisms
A graduate degree in biology prepares you for a wide range of rewarding careers, including:
- Academic teaching and research
- Government research
- Research and developmental opportunities in industry
- Professional biology
UND Biology Alumni
Biology alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
- University of Minnesota
- Altru Health System
- Northland Community & Technical College
- Sanford Health
- Abbott Laboratories