Master of Science in Biology

Grand Valley State University's Master of Science degree in biology is designed to allow students the opportunity to study at a graduate level in broad areas such as genetics and cell biology, organismal biology, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, and natural resources. Students in our program have access to the DNA sequencing facility located at the Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI).

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Career Outlook and Opportunities







Biology is an exciting and lucrative field for biologists with graduate degrees. According to the national salary for biologists with graduate degrees range from $60,520 - $70,820 and environmental specialists field, in particular, are expected to grow 11% by 2024. Biologists with a graduate degree from GVSU hold the following job titles:

  • Resources manager
  • Environmental specialist
  • Water quality specialist
  • Research scientist
  • Field technician
  • Zoologist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Epidemiologist


Why study Biology at Grand Valley?

  • Professional Advancement. Programs can be tailored for professionals to make them more competitive for job placement or advancement.
  • Unique. Individualized, planned program of study established by the student and his/her advisor ensures a unique learning experience designed to meet individual goals.
  • Research Opportunities. Optional natural resources or aquatic sciences emphases provide opportunities to conduct research and take classes at the Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon.
  • Flexible. Available to full- or part-time students. Many classes are offered at times to accommodate working professionals.

Courses Offered

The Biology M.S. program is a minimum of 33 credits. All program plans will include the following three components:

  • The core curriculum
  • A student's chosen emphasis
  • An internship, project, or thesis

Visit the online catalog for course requirements.

Course Requirements


The Biology M.S. application deadline is January 15. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley.

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For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

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