Master of Science

DescriptionDegree OptionsAdmissions Requirements
Our on-campus program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and research skills necessary to attain your professional goals in several exciting core areas of the biological sciences. The program consists of two primary focal areas – coursework and original research. Coursework will prepare you to become a professional biologist by introducing you to the wide variety of skills needed to address current and future biological problems. The research emphasis will help further enhance your skills and contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of biology while preparing you for a PhD program or professional employment.

Program Objectives

You will develop research skills by investigating unanswered questions in the field of biology, becoming familiar with the latest biological methodology relating to your topic of choice, understanding the capabilities and limitations of these various methods, and learning to communicate biological concepts effectively both verbally and in writing. Our faculty in the biology department have exciting and vibrant research programs in fields of study including animal or plant physiology, animal behavior, neurobiology, molecular and cell biology, bioinformatics, genetics, microbiology, development, and ecology.


Upon completion of the program you will have the skills necessary to read and write scientific literature, ask and answer life sciences questions, and direct independent research projects. In addition, you will be prepared to progress into a PhD program or professional employment in your field of study.

Please contact the program coordinator, Heather Doherty, at (603) 535-3181 for more information.

There are two options for the MS in Biology:

Thesis Option
Non-Thesis Option
Admission is competitive and dependent upon a faculty member agreeing to serve as your research advisor prior to submitting your application. Students are encouraged to contact the program coordinator to discuss research interests and possible funding opportunities before applying.

Admissions requirements for the MS in Biology requires the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • GRE test scores
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee

Applications must be received by March 1 to be eligible for consideration for graduate assistant positions. PSU offers a limited number of competitively awarded graduate assistantships each year to students pursuing the thesis option.