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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.

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 12.

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 surveyed 2018 graduates of the Department of Biological Sciences were employed, continuing their education or not seeking within six months of graduation.


of full-time employed 2017 College of Science and Health graduates are in a job related to their degree.

Faculty with a passion for the natural world

Study with Professor Kenshu Shimada, whose interest in the evolution of marine ecosystems led him to discoveries surrounding the megamouth shark. Our professors are active scholars who publish scientific articles in the leading journals in their fields and direct research labs that involve undergraduate and graduate students.

“I use the invaluable skills I gained at DePaul to prepare my PhD research, teach on my own at UNL, and network in my field of science.”

Alaina (MS ’17)

PhD Student, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Alaina, DePaul Biology MS alum  


MS students are provided with a tuition waiver and hired as teaching assistants for the duration of the program.

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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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