What You Will Learn in the Master of Science in Biology Program
The curriculum of the M.S. in biology degree features a 16 credit core, and 16 elective credits that may be applied to toward a concentration in either Biotechnology & Biomedical Science or Environmental Biology.
Program learning goals include:
Gaining a deeper understanding of cell biology and biotechnology and/or environmental biology (depending on concentration) and becoming proficient in using the techniques and instruments pertaining to the field.
Becoming proficient in gathering experimental data.
Deepening your ability to evaluate biological information critically, using the scientific method, analytical reasoning and quantitative skills.
Developing critical thinking and communication skills for purposes of conveying biological information to both professional scientists and the lay public, and developing intellectual independence in evaluating the scientific literature and it’s application to societal issues.
Stand Out in the Biology Job Market
The master’s degree in biology opens a wide range of professional doors, especially in the Boston area. Since 2014, the life sciences industry in Massachusetts has grown at close to double the rate of the state and U.S. economy. In May 2018, trade association MassBioEd reported a shortage in qualified applicants to fill available jobs, while 83% of life sciences companies recently reported future plans to expand. In life sciences fields, applicants with a master’s degree typically earn $20-$30,000 more a year than those with only a bachelor’s degree.
Depending on which concentration you choose, Merrimack can help you prepare for a successful career in roles such as:
Biotechnology & Biomedical Science
- Laboratory technician
- Research assistant
- Senior research associate
- Associate scientist or Scientist I
- Biotech or pharmaceutical sales representative
- Naturalist for community and municipal organizations
- Conservation scientist
- Environmental scientist or technician
- Biology research assistant
- High school or community college biology teacher
Master of Science recipients of both concentrations in Merrimack’s graduate biology program will also be highly qualified applicants to graduate doctoral programs, professional schools — such as medical, dental, and veterinary schools — or law schools seeking students with scientific knowledge interested in patent law .
Both the biology department and staff in Merrimack’s O’Brien Center for Career Development will assist biology graduate program students with seeking out and applying for employment and post-graduate education opportunities.
Explore Biology Fellowships
Merrimack College offers robust fellowship opportunities to students in the biology master’s program. Qualified applicants gain enhanced development via a work placement of up to 25 hours per week. You’ll work closely with a faculty member to gain hands-on experience in activities such as serving as Teaching Assistants in laboratory sections for the introductory courses offered in the Department of Biology
Presidential fellowships include full tuition (excluding fees), while Provost fellowships cover half tuition. In addition, partial tuition Dean scholarships are available, and they may include advanced professional development opportunities.
Entry Requirements for the Master of Science in Biology
Applicants must have a BA or BS degree in Biology or Biochemistry, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and an interview with departmental faculty before being accepted into the program. Applicants with other degrees who meet the course prerequisites will also be considered after the interview process.
There is no fee to apply, and there is no GRE requirement. However, we encourage you to submit test scores if you feel they will support or enhance your academic background.