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Multidisciplinary Studies Building (MS)

MS 4.01.76

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Biology (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The graduate program offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to the Master of Science degree in Biology. A thesis option is offered to students who want an opportunity to develop expertise in research techniques and data analysis; a nonthesis option is offered for those who want the opportunity to earn the Master of Science degree through organized coursework. The thesis option is recommended for students who plan a career in research or contemplate pursuing a doctorate in one of the life sciences. The nonthesis option might be suitable for students interested in secondary school teaching in the life sciences. Graduate faculty research interests include biochemistry, cellular biology, development biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, neurobiology, physiology, and plant sciences.

Degree Requirements: 

  • Degree candidates are required to complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours approved by the student’s Graduate Advisor of Record. Applicants are expected to have completed an undergraduate major in one of the biological sciences, with undergraduate preparation comparable to the required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at UTSA. 
  • Students whose undergraduate preparation is deficient in certain areas but who meet the minimum University standards for admission may be conditionally admitted and required to complete specific undergraduate or graduate courses as conditions of admissions. In such cases, students should anticipate that additional time will be required to complete the degree. 
  • Students who are denied admission to the M.S. program must reapply if interested in acceptance as a Special Graduate student or non-degree seeking student. 
  • For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines:

Admission Prerequisites:


  • Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.
  • GPA Requirement: 3.0

Application Requirements:

  • A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • A complete Graduate Studies application.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • General GRE
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose: Provide a statement of future plans, including a reason why you wish to pursue an M.S. in Biology
  • Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
    • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
    • The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
    International Applicants:
    • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
    • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
    Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Valerie Sponsel, Ph.D.
Email Address:
Telephone: (210) 458-5929

Degree Website:

Degree Catalog Link:

Funding Opportunities

Qualified students are encouraged to apply for teaching assistantships and fellowships.

Course Scheduling and Offerings

This program is housed on UTSA’s Main campus.