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Master’s Degrees in General Biology

6,495 Yearly Graduations
$36,800 Median Salary
$34,500 Median Debt
A master's degree in biology is offered at 433 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 37% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 8.3% of biology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Biology Majors

In 2018-2019, 6,495 earned their master's degree in biology. This earns it the #33 spot on the list of the most popular master'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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in biology is $36,800. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $27,350 to a high of $45,200.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in biology is $34,500. 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, $51,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $28,471.

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The median monthly payment of a biology graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $402.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in biology. About 59.2% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,650
Women 3,845
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Biology

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 923
Black or African American 654
Hispanic or Latino 648
White 3,275
International Students 540
Other Races/Ethnicities 455
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Biology Master's Degree Students

There are 433 colleges that offer a master’s degree in biology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
276 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for biology students seekinga master's degree is Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Roughly 50,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 276 master's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Rutgers New Brunswick. About 51% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

202 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of North Texas Health Science Center. Roughly 2,200 attend the school each year. The biology program at University of North Texas Health Science Center awarded 202 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 48% were women and 63% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

182 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Miami University - Oxford. Roughly 19,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,324 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,677 per year.

The biology program at Miami University - Oxford awarded 182 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 82% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Mississippi College

Clinton, Mississippi
171 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mississippi College comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in biology. Each year, around 4,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,250 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 171 master's degrees were handed out to biology majors at MC. About 58% of this group were women, and 54% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
134 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Tufts University. Each year, around 11,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,324 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $52,724 per year.

The biology program at Tufts University awarded 134 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 54% were women and 48% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
131 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their master'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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 131 master's degrees were handed out to biology majors at UCSD. Around 53% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#7

Midwestern University - Glendale

Glendale, Arizona
120 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Midwestern University - Glendale comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in biology. Roughly 3,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 120 people received their master's degree in biology from Midwestern University - Glendale. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

120 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Each year, around 1,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The biology program at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences awarded 120 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 43% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Bluefield College

Bluefield, Virginia
108 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bluefield College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in biology. Each year, around 1,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $25,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 108 people received their master's degree in biology from Bluefield College. Of these students, 56% were women and 52% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Midwestern University - Downers Grove

Downers Grove, Illinois
106 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Midwestern University - Downers Grove is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in biology. Each year, around 2,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 106 people received their master's degree in biology from Midwestern University - Downers Grove. About 59% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina
101 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Clemson University. Roughly 25,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,118 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,600 per year.

The biology program at Clemson University awarded 101 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#12

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
97 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in biology. Roughly 85,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 97 people received their master's degree in biology from Liberty University. About 65% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

New York University

New York, New York
91 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in biology. Roughly 52,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

The biology program at New York University awarded 91 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 58% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Scranton, Pennsylvania
91 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in biology. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 91 master's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Geisinger Commonwealth. About 57% of this group were women, and 48% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia
77 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Georgia State University. Roughly 35,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,158 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,164 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 77 master's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Georgia State. Around 62% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 68% were women.

#16

Colorado State University - Fort Collins

Fort Collins, Colorado
75 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Roughly 33,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,426 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,520 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 75 master's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Colorado State. About 77% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska
67 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Nebraska at Kearney comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in biology. Roughly 6,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,090 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,048 per year.

The biology program at University of Nebraska at Kearney awarded 67 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#17

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois
67 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Roosevelt University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in biology. Each year, around 4,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,876 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,858 per year.

The biology program at Roosevelt University awarded 67 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 73% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
65 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Texas A&M University - College Station. 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.

The biology program at Texas A&M University - College Station awarded 65 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 51% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#20

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio
64 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Toledo comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in biology. Roughly 19,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,449 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,047 per year.

The biology program at University of Toledo awarded 64 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 47% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Ecology & Systematics Biology 2,138
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 1,642
Biotechnology 1,469
Other Biological Sciences 1,462
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 1,393

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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