Biology Graduate Programs | Master Degree In Biology

PLNU offers a unique and forward-thinking approach to graduate biology education. Whether you're teaching or working in another profession and aspire to teach you can increase your scientific knowledge and improve your teaching skills. Not only that, but PLNU offers California's only master's degree in general biology designed for working professionals.

applyChoose the Option for You

Master of Science in Biology without Thesis - Have the flexibility of more electives, including additional biology coursework, research internships, and summer workshops or seminar series. Customize your degree to fit your needs and interests. This option is valuable for students looking to move up into further education in biology or related fields.

Master of Science in Biology with Thesis - Research in biology education will play a large role in your studies. This choice requires original research and a thesis on some aspect of teaching and learning in biology. This is a valuable option for Independent students and good writers.

Find a Meaningful Internship 

Intern with an organization that can help you reach your career goals. We can help by connecting you with community colleges, museums, research institutes, biotechnical companies, and more.

Keep Your Job

Don’t give up your job to earn your degree – ours is one designed with busy professionals in mind.  During the school year, take mostly online courses with monthly face-to-face meetings.  During the summer, face-to-face lecture and lab courses take place on PLNU's ocean-view campus, the perfect place for biology students to appreciate the study of life. 

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Important Dates

Summer Class Dates:

  • Summer 2017 Quad I: June 19, 2017:  Ecology of Plants & Animals
  • Summer 2017 Quad II: July 10, 2017:  Genetics & Molecular biology

Priority Application Deadlines:  (All applications submitted after the priority dates will be reviewed based on availability of space.)

  • Summer 2017 Quad I: May 30, 2017
  • Summer 2017 Quad II: June 19, 2017
  • Fall Semester 2017: July 25, 2017

Have More Questions?

Megan Fausz
Graduate and Professional Studies Enrollment
(866) 692-GRAD (4723)

Dr. Dianne Anderson
Director, Master's Program in Biology
(619) 849-2705 

Perspectives on Science

Perspectives on Science is a monthly seminar series for science teachers. The seminar typically focuses on recent developments in the guest scientist’s area of expertise, with particular emphasis on those aspects that are of greatest interest and significance to science teachers.