Joint BS/MS in Biology

Quickly and Affordably Earn Your Bachelor and Masters

The Biology (BS/MS) program is designed for University of Michigan-Flint undergraduate biology students who know they would like to pursue a Master of Science in Biology from an early point in their academic career. The BS/MS program joint curriculum allows admitted students to earn undergraduate and graduate credits at the same time, which count for both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. The program is designed as a bridge between their undergraduate and graduate education in order to allow students the opportunity to move to a PhD or their future career quickly.

Students should apply in their junior or senior year of undergraduate study. Upon completion of the BS portion of the degree, they will receive that degree. Students will receive their MS degree upon completion of  the remaining 22 credits required if pursuing the thesis option, or the 24 remaining credits for the non-thesis option.

Why Earn Your Master’s in Biology Degree at UM-Flint?

Flexible Part-/Full-time Program Format

You have the option to pursue your MS in Biology degree on a part-time basis to accommodate your busy schedule as a working professional. Or you may immerse yourself in this program full-time to fast-track your degree completion in as little as 12 months. You also have the ability to select a thesis or non-thesis track, depending on your academic goals and interests.

State-of-the-Art Laboratories

At the University of Michigan-Flint, we make sure to support your innovation and scientific pursuit with first-class facilities and equipment. You have access to UM-Flint’s laboratories and equipment, allowing you to test your hypotheses and explore new findings using the latest research and analytic technology.

Research Opportunities

As part of this rigorous master’s in Biology program, you work alongside faculty members who are conducting important and diverse research across the field of biology. The College of Innovation & Technology (CIT) faculty 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 CIT.

Academic Advising

At the University of Michigan-Flint, we endeavor to support your educational journey. Our dedicated academic advisors are here to help you throughout your time in the Joint BS/MS Biology program. Whether you need assistance with selecting courses or choosing your track, you may contact your advisor!

For any questions, contact Aubree Kraut at [email protected] or (810) 766-6616 or Book an appointment today.

What Can You Do with a Master’s Degree in Biology?

With a master’s degree in Biology, you are ready to pursue a wide variety of rewarding careers in the growing field of life sciences, especially in the state of Michigan. In 2022, Michigan planned to grow the life sciences and agribusiness industries and create over 280 high-paying jobs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Biological Scientists’ median annual wage is $106,790 in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metropolitan area, while the national median is $90,010.

Common career paths with an MS degree in Biology:

  • Research Scientist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Preparation for professional school such as Medical, Dental, Veterinary
  • Preparation for PhD programs in the life sciences
$106,790 median annual wage for a biological scientist

Admission Requirements

Students interested in the BS/MS program should apply during their junior or senior year. Upon completing the requirements for the BS portion of the program, the student is awarded the BS degree. To apply for the program, students must show:

  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement is currently being waived.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the below required prerequisite courses completed at a regionally accredited university:
    • Cell Biology, Ecology, Genetics
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Pre-Calculus Mathematics
    • General Physics
    • Statistics (preferably Biostatistics) recommended

Applying to the Joint BS/MS Biology Program

Submit an online application below to be considered for admission to the MS in Biology on-campus program. Other materials can be emailed to [email protected] 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. The Office of Graduate Programs will pull transcripts for University of Michigan-Flint students. Transcripts from other institutions must be sent directly to the school.
  • One letter of recommendation from a UM-Flint faculty member
  • 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.

Application Deadlines

Submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5 p.m. on the day of the application deadline. The master’s in Biology degree 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 – December 1 
  • Summer – April 1

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

Learn More about UM-Flint’s Joint BS/MS in Biology Degree

If you are ready to blaze a trail in the world of biology and life sciences, join the Joint BS/MS in Biology degree program at the University of Michigan-Flint! Under the guidance of renowned faculty, you have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research or conduct your individual research in your area of interest.

Ready for the next step? Apply to UM-Flint’s master’s in Biology program or request information today!