Master's Programs in Biology

The University at Albany Master’s Degree in Biology prepares students for success as technicians in research, industrial, and forensics laboratories, as well as in environmental and public policy agencies.

The Master’s Degree in Biology is not required to pursue a Ph.D. in Biology.

Master's Degree in Biology students can choose from three options in the Department of Biological Sciences:

M.S. in Biological Sciences

The Master's Degree in Biological Sciences is specifically designed to prepare students for careers as laboratory technicians in research, government, or industry. It is often combined with other training in the medical sciences, business, politics, law, or education.

Students must obtain a research mentor in the department prior to acceptance.

The program offers two concentrations:

  • Molecular, Cellular, Developmental and Neural Biology (MCDN)

    In studying systems that range from bacteria and viruses to mammals, students gain multidisciplinary expertise while working with leading faculty in state-of-the-art facilities.

  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)

    In this core area, students study a wide range of topics ranging from fundamental evolutionary questions to some of the most challenging environmental questions of our time, from population dynamics theory to freshwater ecology.
    NOTE: Openings are currently limited; please contact Ing-Nang Wang before applying.

M.S. in Forensic Biology

With courts giving greater weight to physical DNA evidence, the need for forensic biologists has grown substantially. Accordingly, this program’s emphasis on theory and technique prepares students for productive careers in both forensic and conventional analytical laboratories, including positions as DNA analysts.

Students with sufficient work experience could qualify for positions as laboratory supervisors, managers, or directors. At the heart of the master’s program in Forensic Biology is a collaboration between the Department of Biological Sciences and the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center (located next to the campus in upstate New York).

For more information on the Forensics M.S. program, click here.

We also offer a Professional Science Management Certificate in Forensics. For more information, click here.