Master of Science in Biology

Gain broad preparation in major biological research topics through a variety of advanced seminars and coursework with the Master of Science in Biology in Temple's College of Science and Technology. Graduates with this degree are prepareed for a career in scientific research or teaching.

In this intensive program, graduate students will work closely with College of Science and Technology faculty members to develop a body of research. Faculty members specialize in areas including aquatic and terrestrial ecology, biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics, among others. Throughout your studies, you will be afforded the option to choose to focus on specializations and research areas including

  • cellular and molecular neuroscience;
  • computational biology, focusing on computational evolutionary genomics;
  • ecology;
  • evolutionary medicine, an interdisciplinary field that examines contemporary human disease within the larger context of evolutionary history;
  • genetic epidemiology, an interdisciplinary field that examines the impact of genetic and environmental factors on modern human disease;
  • molecular, cellular and developmental biology; and
  • population genetics, a subfield of genetics and evolutionary biology which examines genetic change over time within and between populations.

Learn more about the Department of Biology’s research areas.

You may  also take advantage of interdisciplinary options for coursework and research with other Temple University departments, including Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering and Physics. Faculty from the Biology Department participate in special interdisciplinary programs, including the Center for Computational Genetics and Genomics and the Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine.

Classes & Curriculum

The Master of Science in Biology is oriented toward students who wish to deepen their knowledge of the biological sciences and pursue particular research interests. The degree can help you prepare for a career in the sciences or lay the groundwork for further academic study in a doctoral program. If you are more interested in technical training and careers in industry, you may want to consider the Biotechnology Professional Science Master's.

The program is full time, and students have three years to earn a degree. Classes take place on Temple’s Main Campus, where the biology labs and facilities are located. 

Classes are a blend of research and seminar courses, some of which include

  • Developmental Genetics
  • Genomics in Medicine
  • Molecular Biology and 
  • Systems Neuroscience.

Learn more about required courses for the Biology MS.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Science offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,301.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,696.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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