Master of Arts/Science

Biological Sciences

Central to Discovering the Natural World. 

Further your specialization and knowledge of recent scientific advances with a CCSU MA/MS in Biological Sciences. Broaden your teaching skills, enhance your field and laboratory proficiency, or prepare to pursue your doctorate.  

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August 
  • 30-credit program 
  • Attend full- or part-time 
  • Specialized facilities include: 
    • Greenhouses 
    • Herbarium 
    • Behavioral neuroscience research lab 
    • Neurobiology and physiology research lab 
    • Ecology research labs 
    • Molecular biology research labs 
    • Experimental gardens 
    • Controlled environment rooms 
    • Growth chambers 
    • Access to Outer Island (Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge)  
  • Financial aid is available 
  • No GMAT/GRE required in many cases 

Program Options

Ecology & Environmental Science (MA)

Advanced study of the connections between living organisms and their environments. Develop the tools to work as a resource manager, field ecologist, wildlife biologist, environmental program specialist, or consultant. 

Global Sustainability (MA)

Address global issues like population growth, climate change, fossil fuels, environmental toxins, alternative energy, and water scarcity and pollution. Understand environmental problems in sustainability from a science and policy perspective and examine the complex interrelationships between natural, social, and political systems. 

Health Sciences (MS)

Prepare for a career in the health profession or to pursue a doctoral degree. Examine everything from the structure of biomolecules and biochemical reactions to neurobiology. 

General (MA/MS)

Focuses on specialty areas of botany, zoology, physiology, ecology, and environmental studies.

Wildlife & Conservation Biology (MS)

Develop the necessary background and research skills to measure, monitor, and protect the world’s biodiversity. Program culminates in a research thesis containing a collaborative component with a state or federal agency or non-profit organization. 

Did You Know?

The annual mean wage was more than $98,000 for biological scientists in Connecticut in May of 2020.

What You'll Gain

  • Ability to better understand scientific methodology and conduct experiments  
  • Thorough understanding of a specific area of biology  
  • Skills to better deliver effective presentations  
  • Ability to read and understand primary literature and communicate research in writing  
  • Tools to critically analyze, interpret, and discuss research literature  
  • Knowledge of up-to-date scientific tools and techniques
  • Awareness of contemporary scientific issues, including ethics, and the impact of science on society