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Biology - MS


The Master of Science (MS) in Biology program is a thesis-based degree centered on original student research. The biological sciences are progressing rapidly; and by interacting with researchers in the classroom, field and laboratory, graduate students will better understand the principal values of science and the ethical requirements of scientific pursuits.

The non-thesis MS track in biomedical sciences is designed for people interested in becoming laboratory technicians that work in biomedical and biotechnology fields. Students in the program will take specialized coursework in this area and will conduct research with a research advisor. While research experience will be gained there are no requirements to finish a specific project or write the results in a thesis.

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


The MS in Biology program offers the following optional concentration:

  • Biomedical Sciences non-thesis

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . March 1
Spring Term . . . . . November 15

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Matthew Gilg
(904) 620-1949
Building 59, Room 3316

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, 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.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements
    • Letter of intent
      • Describe educational and professional goals
      • Indicate provisional acceptance into an eligible faculty mentor's lab
      • Indicate consideration for a departmental GTA position
    • 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
      • 150 on both quantitative and verbal sections
      • The GRE will be waived for UNF undergraduate students with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25 
    • 3.0 GPA in biology or related major
    • Identification of research advisor and confirmation of provisional acceptance into that advisor’s lab