Biology Graduate Program

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Build a strong foundation for a variety of in-demand biology careers through small classes with personalized attention.

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

The MS in Biology can prepare you for entrance into professional schools in the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry and veterinary medicine) and for research doctoral programs. Secondary school biology teachers can use a graduate program to fulfill the requirements of certain tracks for professional certification and/or expand their knowledge base. Graduates can also acquire the tools and skills for successful careers in public health and environmental and patent law, or the dynamic and growing field of biotechnology and its related fields of pharmaceuticals, biomedical research, cancer research and laboratory medicine.

Why Study Biology at Adelphi?

  • Customize your education to your interests and needs, with two track options that allow you to either perform laboratory or field-based research or to explore scientific research through the primary literature, both under the guidance of one of our distinguished faculty.
  • Take advantage of financial support options including our rewarding graduate teaching assistantships.
  • Apply when the time is right, thanks to an accessible rolling admissions process.


Student and faculty researchers discussing lab work.

Our biology faculty is filled with expert researchers, marine biologists, conservationists and paleontologists whose work contributes to scholarship as well as efforts that protect our planet.

94%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2020
of our graduate students say that Adelphi University increased their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of professionals in their field
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2020

The graduate program helps to build careers in biotechnology…and instill in students environmental awareness through scientific training and investigation of ecology, evolution, and marine biology; prepares graduate students for accessing and implementing healthcare education in the school and community; and prepares students for research doctoral programs.

Tandra R. Chakraborty, PhD Professor of biology

Tracks and Concentrations

Whether you are considering a master’s in biology or with a concentration in biotechnology or one of our other concentrations, each degree is split into two tracks: a thesis track for students who are interested in conducting laboratory or field-based research or a non-thesis track, which is appropriate for students who are looking to expand their knowledge of the biological sciences through analysis of the primary scientific literature.

Our thesis track is for students who are interested in conducting scholarly laboratory or field-based research.

The non-thesis track is appropriate for students who are looking to expand their knowledge of the biological sciences through analysis of the primary scientific literature.

Optional Concentrations

Within each of the biology program tracks, students may wish to choose an additional concentration of related courses. Selecting a concentration is optional and the courses can be taken within the credits needed for the degree. Only one concentration may be chosen.

Concentration in Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a dynamic and growing field in which the discoveries of modern biology are applied to solve problems in medicine and agriculture. You can explore this field as a concentration to the MS in Biology.

The unique course of study provides a solid foundation in the sciences with training in business to give students the expertise to succeed in both scientific and business environments, including universities, hospitals and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The program includes critical training in laboratory safety, research ethics and 21st century instrumentation and techniques. The required internship offers invaluable firsthand experience.

I chose Adelphi’s MS in Biology because of the flexibility it offers for those pursuing a career in academia/research as well as the health professions. I went into this program hoping to solidify my decision to pursue a career in dentistry, and I was able to take classes and design a thesis that aligned with my goals. I’ve also benefited from the collegial relationship between students and faculty, both of whom are willing to help, even outside of the classroom.

Ankita Chatterjee MS in Biology program

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

Research is a major part of biology education at Adelphi. Students have the opportunity to participate in Adelphi’s Annual Research and Creative Works Conference to showcase their work to faculty and the rest of our community. Biology students have applied their on-campus research knowledge to real-life work settings, with recent internships held at:

  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • NYU Winthrop Hospital

Our Research Labs

As a member of the biology department, you will have access to our laboratory facilities which include modern equipment for the study of molecular biology and cell and tissue culture. These can be used to facilitate your graduate research in cellular and molecular biology, genetics, toxicology, microbiology, immunology, physiology, evolution and ecology.

Program Info

Application Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in biology or related field and should submit the following application requirements:

  • Graduate application and $60 fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions and proof of bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution

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Professor, Director
Director, Graduate Biology Program
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