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Biological Sciences (MS)

Biological Sciences (MS)
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Hone your research skills and make new discoveries about the natural world

The Biological Sciences MS is a versatile degree that’s ideal for those who plan to teach, research or pursue a PhD. Become a well-rounded biologist through a combination of lecture, laboratory and seminar courses. Work on cutting-edge research in labs alongside your peers and professors—and develop your own concentration of studies under the mentorship of your faculty advisor.

Students that are admitted to the MS program are hired as teaching assistants, and provided tuition waivers and stipends. External funding opportunities through programs like the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramGem Fellowship (underrepresented students in STEM), or Fulbright Fellowship (international students) are also possible. 

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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Study biology in one of the Midwest’s most diverse ecosystems

With urban and natural spaces that exist in harmony, Chicago is one of the most biodiverse areas in the Midwest: ideal for fieldwork, exploration and study. As one of the largest cities in the country, it’s also home to world-famous institutions such as the Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

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 eight core courses. You’ll also complete first-year and final examinations, and a thesis.

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of Biological Sciences graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Faculty with a passion for the natural world

Study with Jalene LaMontagne, a population ecologist who has worked in terrestrial and aquatic systems as well as forests from the Arctic to urban Chicago. Jalene and her students study tree reproduction in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan and the impacts of urbanization on habitat availability and use here in Chicago. She is also an Adjunct Scientist with the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute.

“My program helped me become an independent and organized scientist, teacher, and student. I was constantly given the opportunity to showcase my ideas to a wide variety of audiences. One of the hardest parts of science is crafting an accurate and interesting story from your research and showing the world why it’s important. Professors and other graduate students are always ready to meet you where you are and help you tell the most genuine story possible.”

Sara (MS ’19)

PhD Student, Virginia Tech


MS students are hired as teaching assistants for the duration of the program, for which they are provided a tuition waiver and stipend.

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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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