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SFSU Biology Degree Programs

Master's Degrees

Biology graduate students conduct their own research in a productive environment using state-of-the-art facilities. Their research is often published in scientific journals. It is common for students to travel to scientific meetings and present the results of their research in talks or posters.

SFSU biology grad students learn quickly the value and necessity of seeking extramural funding to support their research. Many of our students are successful in securing grants and fellowships.

There is a strong spirit of collaboration among biology grad students and faculty. While each student has a primary advisor, they have access to all faculty. Each thesis/project committee consists of three faculty members, and students can take advantage of the expertise of their committee.

The Biology Graduate Program at SFSU is a thesis/project-only program (i.e., every graduate student must submit a M.S. thesis or Applied Research Project based on original research in biology). A minimum of 30 units of course work is also required.

We accept only those students who have been invited to join a faculty member's graduate lab. Accordingly, we strongly encourage potential applicants to make contact with faculty under whom they wish to study prior to submitting their application. Don't be shy about emailing faculty, as this is how we find out about potential students. Ask questions about expectations of faculty, research interests, financial support, what current and past students have done for their thesis/project, and what further opportunities do students have after they receive their M.S. Every lab and every graduate faculty member is different, so it is critical to communicate directly with professors.

SFSU Graduate Programs:


Undergraduate Degrees