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 educators.


Choose the Program for You

  • Master of Arts in Biology - 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. Students looking to move up into higher levels of biology education are a great fit for an M.A. in biology.
  • Master of Science in Biology - 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. Independent students and good writers are a great fit for an M.S. in biology.

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 online courses with monthly face-to-face meetings on PLNU’s ocean-side campus, the perfect place for biology students to appreciate the study of life.
  • Apply by July 29 for the fall 2016 semester. 

See a Sample Time Frame

Important Dates

Summer Class Dates

June 20 - July 8, 2016: Physiology of Plants & Animals
July 11 - July 28, 2016: Marine Biology

July 29: Priority Application Due for Fall

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.