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Master of Art in Biology

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Matthew Gilg

(904) 620-1949

Building 59 , Room 3316


Application Information
Applications accepted fall and spring terms only.
Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . July 1

Spring Term . . . . . November 15

Admits for fall and spring terms only.
Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Additional program requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions

  • Competitive GRE scores taken within the last five years (institutional code:5490)

  • Three letters of recommendation 

  • By faculty members or professional references familiar with your academic or research potential

  • Letter of intent stating:
    • Educational goals
    • Professional goals

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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum requirement for applicants from non-English speaking countries is 570 on the paper-based exam.


Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.


For more information on how to apply click here. 

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here. 


Program Overview
The Master of Art in Biology program is designed primarily to provide K-12 science teachers with advanced coursework in biology.
Special Notes about the Program

The Department of Biology is home to one of UNF's Flagship Programs: the Coastal Biology program.


Applicant must hold the B.A., B.S. Biology, Science Education or equivalent degree from a nationally (or internationally) accredited university or institution (contact the Graduate School with questions).



Program Faculty
Curriculum and Requirements
Total Program
Credit Hours
Average Length
of the Program
2 years
Approximate Enrollment
Community Connections
The department prepares science teachers for public and private schools through the MA degree and through special summer courses designed for teachers. The department also has an internship program that contributes directly to the welfare of our coastal environment.
Career Possibilities