Master of Science in Biology (MS)

Researchers in pursuit of breakthroughs in biology must have exceptional critical thinking skills and extensive training. The Masters of Science in Biology prepares you with the knowledge and experiences you need to be an essential member of a research laboratory and play an investigative role in scientific discoveries that change lives. Specifically designed for students who are driven to pursue biological research in the private or public sectors or teach secondary science, the MS in Biology blends sophisticated hands-on training and techniques within new areas of research. As part of this rigorous program, you’ll work alongside faculty members who are conducting important and diverse research across the field of biology.

Comprehensive Curriculum
Build on your undergraduate degree in biology or a related life science. The MS in Biology program offers an in-depth curriculum that integrates the latest advances in biology, including new research techniques and areas of study.

State-of-the-Art Laboratories
You’ll have access to UM-Flint’s fully equipped laboratories, allowing you to test your hypotheses and explore new findings using the latest research and analytic technology.

Flexible Format
You have the option to pursue your MS in Biology on a part time basis to accommodate your busy schedule as a working professional. Or you may choose to immerse yourself in this program on a full-time basis to fast track your degree. You also have the ability to select a thesis or non-thesis track, depending on your goals and interests.

The faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Health Sciences are deeply engaged in research. These scholarly pursuits are diverse in subject matter and allow faculty to engage with students, colleagues, the community, and industry on many projects. Check out some of the current research activities taking place in CAS and CHS.

Academic Advising

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Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in biology or related life science from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) GRE requirement is currently being waived due to COVID 19.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in required prerequisite courses
  • Completion of the following prerequisites at a regionally accredited university:
    • Cell Biology, Ecology, Genetics
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Pre-Calculus Mathematics
    • General Physics
    • Statistics (preferably Biostatistics) recommended

Applicants who have completed a BS in Biology at UM-Flint automatically fulfill these prerequisites.

To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose: include information on why you are interested in the MS in Biology program, pertinent background information, and long-term goals. Applicants interested in the thesis option should indicate two-three faculty members they would consider as potential thesis advisors.
  • GRE scores (general) sent to the University of Michigan-Flint Institutional Code #1853
  • International students must submit additional documentation. This program is an on-campus program. Admitted students are eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa).
    International students cannot complete this program online in their home country.

Application Deadlines
Submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5 p.m. on the day of the application deadline. This program offers rolling admission with monthly application reviews. To be considered for admission, all application materials must be submitted on or before:

  • Fall (early review*) – May 1
  • Fall (final review) – August 1 
  • Winter – November 15 
  • Spring – March 15
  • Summer – May 15

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, October 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.

Graduate Programs Ambassadors

Chloe S.
Educational Background: I started at Mott then transferred to MSU before completing my undergraduate degree at UM-Flint
What are some of the best qualities of your program? The field experience under the prime guidance of Heather Dawson. She has provided a magnitude of experiences for me and I am truly privileged to be under her guidance.