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Doctor’s Degrees in General Biology

1,608 Yearly Graduations
$55,600 Median Salary
$17,000 Median Debt
There are 189 schools in the United States where you can get your doctor's degree in biology. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 23% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 25.4% of biology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Biology Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,608 students earned their doctor's degree in biology. This earns it the #20 spot on the list of the most popular doctor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in biology at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 82,869
Associate’s Degree 6,832
Master’s Degree 6,495
Doctor’s Degree 1,608
Basic Certificate 377
Graduate Certificate 307
Undergraduate Certificate 150

Earnings of Biology Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in biology is $55,600. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $55,100 and the high is $55,750.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in biology is $17,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $17,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $17,000.

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The median monthly payment of a biology graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $198.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in biology. About 54.6% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 730
Women 878
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Biology

The racial-ethnic distribution of biology doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 134
Black or African American 64
Hispanic or Latino 123
White 769
International Students 409
Other Races/Ethnicities 109
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Biology Doctor's Degree Students

There are 189 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in biology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
67 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harvard University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for biology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 67 doctor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Harvard. Of these students, 45% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
55 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of California - San Diego. Each year, around 38,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 55 people received their doctor's degree in biology from UCSD. About 60% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
54 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Emory University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in biology. Each year, around 14,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,800 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 doctor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Emory. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 63% were women.

49 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester. Each year, around 1,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 49 doctor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at UMass Medical School. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

#5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
38 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in biology. Roughly 11,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,450 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $53,450 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 people received their doctor's degree in biology from MIT. Of these students, 53% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
35 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas A&M University - College Station comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in biology. Each year, around 68,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,941 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,677 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 doctor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Texas A&M College Station. About 43% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

University of California - San Francisco

San Francisco, California
32 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - San Francisco comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in biology. Each year, around 3,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The biology program at University of California - San Francisco awarded 32 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 53% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
32 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Temple University. Each year, around 38,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,956 per year.

The biology program at Temple University awarded 32 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#9

Rockefeller University

New York, New York
30 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Rockefeller University. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The biology program at Rockefeller University awarded 30 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 47% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

29 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in biology. Each year, around 1,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The biology program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai awarded 29 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 38% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

25 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in biology. Roughly 61,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 doctor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Ohio State. About 52% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
24 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Purdue University - Main Campus. Each year, around 45,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,208 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,208 per year.

The biology program at Purdue University - Main Campus awarded 24 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 54% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
23 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johns Hopkins University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in biology. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their doctor's degree in biology from Johns Hopkins. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#13

Stanford University

Stanford, California
23 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Stanford University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in biology. Roughly 17,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,857 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $52,479 per year.

The biology program at Stanford University awarded 23 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 43% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
22 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Notre Dame is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in biology. Each year, around 12,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,046 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,908 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 doctor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Notre Dame. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#16

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, New York
21 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Graduate Center, CUNY comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in biology. Each year, around 8,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,930 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their doctor's degree in biology from The Graduate Center. About 43% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
21 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Virginia Tech. Each year, around 36,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,701 per year.

The biology program at Virginia Tech awarded 21 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 57% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

21 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia University in the City of New York is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in biology. Roughly 31,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 doctor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Columbia. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#19

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
20 Yearly Graduations
60% Women

University of Connecticut is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in biology. Each year, around 27,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,798 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,300 per year.

The biology program at University of Connecticut awarded 20 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#19

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
20 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tulane University of Louisiana is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in biology. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,760 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,918 per year.

The biology program at Tulane University of Louisiana awarded 20 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 55% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to biology that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Biochemistry & Biophysics 1,064
Ecology & Systematics Biology 801
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 778
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 756
Microbiology Science & Immunology 584

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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