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Build a strong foundation for a variety of in-demand biology careers through small classes with personalized attention.

Why Earn an MS in Biology?

The MS in Biology can prepare you for entrance into professional schools in the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry and veterinary medicine) and for research doctoral programs. Secondary school biology teachers can use a graduate program to fulfill the requirements of certain tracks for professional certification and/or expand their knowledge base. Graduates can also acquire the tools and skills for successful careers in public health and environmental and patent law, or the dynamic and growing field of biotechnology and its related fields of pharmaceuticals, biomedical research, cancer research and laboratory medicine.

Why Earn an MS in Biology at Adelphi?

  • Customize your education to your interests and needs, with two track options that allow you to either prioritize scholarly research or build off of a background that already includes extensive lab experience.
  • Take advantage of financial support options including our rewarding graduate teaching assistantships.
  • Apply when the time is right, thanks to an accessible rolling admissions process.


Our biology faculty is filled with expert researchers, marine biologists, conservationists and paleontologists whose work contributes to scholarship as well as efforts that protect our planet.


* Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018
of our graduate students are working or continuing their education within six months of graduation.
Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018

The graduate program helps to build careers in biotechnology…and instill in students environmental awareness through scientific training and investigation of ecology, evolution, and marine biology; prepares graduate students for accessing and implementing healthcare education in the school and community; and prepares students for research doctoral programs.

Tandra R. Chakraborty, PhD Professor of biology

Tracks and Concentrations

Whether you are considering a master’s in biology or a concentration in biotechnology, each degree is split into two tracks.

Thesis Track

Our thesis track is for students who are interested in conducting scholarly research.

Non-Thesis Track

The non-thesis track is appropriate for students who already have extensive lab experience.

Within each of the biology program tracks, students may wish to choose an additional concentration of related courses. Selecting a concentration is optional and the courses can be taken within the credits needed for the degree. Only one concentration may be chosen.

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

Research is a major part of biology education at Adelphi. Students have the opportunity to participate in Adelphi’s Annual Research and Creative Works Conference to showcase their work to faculty and the rest of our community. Biology students have applied their on-campus research knowledge to real-life work settings, with recent internships held at:

Michael D’Emic, PhD shares fossils and dinosaur research insights with Adelphi students.

Our Research Labs

As a member of the biology department, you will have access to our laboratory facilities which include modern equipment for the study of molecular biology and cell and tissue culture. These can be used to facilitate your graduate research in cellular and molecular biology, genetics, toxicology, microbiology, immunology, physiology, evolution and ecology.

Program Info

Application Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in biology or related field and a minimum 3.0 GPA and should submit the following application requirements:

  • Graduate application and $50 fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions and proof of bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution

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