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Master of Art in Biology


Program Overview

The Master of Art (MA) in Biology program is a non-thesis track that is designed primarily to provide K-12 science teachers or people already employed in local environmental agencies with advanced course work in biology.


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

Special Notes about the Program

Applicants must hold the BA or BS in Biology, Science Education, or equivalent degree from a nationally (or internationally) accredited university or institution.


Application Information

Helpful Information:

Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

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

Spring Term . . . . . November 15

Admits for fall and spring terms only.


The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements

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. 
  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. 

Program requirements:
  • Letter of intent 
    • Describe educational and professional goals
  • Three letters of recommendation 
    • Must be from faculty  members, or professional references, familiar with applicants academic or research potential  
  • GRE test scores 
    • Taken within the last five years 


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.
Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Matthew Gilg


(904) 620-1949

Building 59 , Room 3316