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Biological Sciences (MA)

Biological Sciences (MA)
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Research and teach the life sciences

The MA in Biological Sciences prepares you to communicate your knowledge of life and living systems to others. Graduates of the MA typically plan to pursue advanced education degrees or teaching positions. With a Biological Sciences MA, you will

  • Learn to be an independent thinker and researcher
  • Develop laboratory skills and methodologies
  • Develop your own concentration in partnership with an advisor

Classes take place on the Lincoln Park Campus and are typically held in the daytime.

For international students: this is a STEM-designated program, which can qualify you to extend your post-graduation stay in the United States.

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Science is alive in the city

Besides being home to numerous world-renowned institutions such as the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is one of the most uniquely biodiverse ecosystems in the midwest. Study wildlife at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary or vegetation in Lincoln Park.

Application Deadlines

Completed applications are reviewed beginning February 1.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

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Required Courses

You’ll take two years of coursework, including six core courses, and complete exams at the end of your first year. You’ll also complete a researched final project.

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of Biological Sciences master’s degree graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment within six months of graduation.


of full-time employed College of Science and Health graduates are in a job related to their degree.

Active researchers and engaged teachers

You’ll study with expert faculty like Associate Professor Jingjing Kipp. Professor Kipp’s research on the reproductive systems of female mice uses a broad spectrum of molecular, cellular, biochemical, genetic, morphological and physiological approaches to investigate hormone signaling and gene regulation in the ovary.

“The intimate cohort size and personalized education sets DePaul’s biology graduate program apart from others. Many programs at other institutions focus solely on publishing and research—not content knowledge and teaching. I’m a well-rounded scientist because DePaul’s biology program blends both the research elements and the pedagogy.”

Zach (MA ’13)

Senior Program Associate, GWTeach, George Washington University
Zach, Biological Sciences MA alum 

Alumni Network

Graduates of the MA in Biological Sciences are employed across industries, including many in education. Our alumni teach at both the secondary and postsecondary levels at institutions nationwide. You’ll also be connected to a college-wide alumni network of more than 20,600.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Science and Health at (773) 325-7315 or

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