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Graduate Certificates in General Biology

307 Yearly Graduations
$23,350 Median Salary
$39,236 Median Debt
There are 46 schools in the United States where you can get your graduate certificate in biology. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 58% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 2.0% of biology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Biology Majors

In 2018-2019, 307 earned their graduate certificate in biology. This makes it the 53rd most popular graduate certificate program in the country.

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 Graduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in biology is $23,350. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $21,175 and the high is $25,525.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in biology is $39,236. 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, $40,639 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $37,834.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $457.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in biology. About 56.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 135
Women 172
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificates in Biology

The racial-ethnic distribution of biology graduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 67
Black or African American 38
Hispanic or Latino 54
White 113
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 29
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Biology Graduate Certificate Students

There are 46 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in biology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
91 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for biology students seekinga graduate certificate is George Mason University. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 91 people received their graduate certificate in biology from GMU. About 58% of this group were women, and 58% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
78 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Virginia Commonwealth University. Each year, around 29,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,177 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,701 per year.

The biology program at Virginia Commonwealth University awarded 78 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 38% were women.

43 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in biology. Roughly 58,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

The biology program at Florida International University awarded 43 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 58% were women and 79% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

24 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Dallas is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in biology. Roughly 29,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 people received their graduate certificate in biology from UT Dallas. Around 62% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#5

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
11 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Carolina - Columbia is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in biology. Roughly 35,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,288 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,737 per year.

The biology program at University of South Carolina - Columbia awarded 11 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 64% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

University of Saint Joseph

West Hartford, Connecticut
8 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Saint Joseph. Roughly 2,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $38,482 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,202 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 graduate certificates were handed out to biology majors at USJ. Of these students, 88% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

8 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of North Texas Health Science Center. Roughly 2,200 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 people received their graduate certificate in biology from UNT Health Science Center. About 75% of this group were women, and 75% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

7 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - El Paso. Roughly 700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,633 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,060 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their graduate certificate in biology from TTUHSC - El Paso. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#9

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Stony Brook University. Roughly 26,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their graduate certificate in biology from SUNY Stony Brook. About 50% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, Michigan
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Oakland University. Roughly 19,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,520 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,546 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 graduate certificates were handed out to biology majors at Oakland. Of these students, 50% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women

University of Connecticut is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate 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 5 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 60% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Montana State University

Bozeman, Montana
4 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Montana State University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in biology. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,654 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,089 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their graduate certificate in biology from MSU Bozeman. About 100% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
4 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Missouri - Columbia is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in biology. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,264 per year.

The biology program at University of Missouri - Columbia awarded 4 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 100% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
3 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Alabama at Birmingham. Each year, around 22,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,568 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,100 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 graduate certificates were handed out to biology majors at UAB. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#14

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
3 Yearly Graduations
33% Women

University of Arizona is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in biology. Roughly 44,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

The biology program at University of Arizona awarded 3 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 33% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Massachusetts - Lowell is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in biology. Each year, around 18,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,078 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,590 per year.

The biology program at University of Massachusetts - Lowell awarded 2 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 50% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
2 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Washington University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in biology. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,770 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their graduate certificate in biology from GWU. About 100% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

University of Akron Main Campus comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in biology. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,371 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,306 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 people received their graduate certificate in biology from University of Akron Main Campus.

#18

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky
1 Yearly Graduations

The 18th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Western Kentucky University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,802 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,140 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 graduate certificates were handed out to biology majors at WKU.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to biology that offer graduate certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Biochemistry & Biophysics 198
Other Biological Sciences 187
Ecology & Systematics Biology 159
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 93
Biotechnology 65

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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