Biology Graduate


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Preparing students for a lifetime of research and science-based careers.


Master of Arts (M.A.)

The M.A. degree is a non-thesis degree intended for those wishing to further their education specifically in biological sciences without a focus on research.

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Master of Science (M.S.)

The M.S. degree is intended for students choosing to gain experience in scientific research.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biological Sciences

The Ph.D. is the highest degree in biology. Working with many of our top notch professors, students are trained to be expert research scientists in their field of choice. 

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Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
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  2. $35 application fee
  3. One official transcript verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and official transcripts of all academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required for all students
  4. Three letters of recommendation
            Letter of Recommendation Form
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Official copy of GRE scores for M.S. and Ph.D. applicants
  7. Additional requirements exist for international applicants.  For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Biology in the current graduate catalog.

Application Deadline

Priority: February 15

Additional Requirements

The Classroom & Beyond

  • The student experience at USD can extend far beyond science. Biology major Liz Berg has co-led a trip to Seattle this past year focused on sustainable solutions to hunger.

  • The purpose of this club is to make more people aware of conservation efforts, have speakers highlight possible jobs attainable with a biology degree and help students get connected to research projects.

  • Melissa Prince is working on understanding aggressive interactions using a mouse model. Her young career has been quite successful as she has already presented 2 posters at the Society for Neuroscience meeting.