Biological Sciences—MS, PhD

There has never been a more exciting time for you to be a biologist, and we have dynamic faculty and prime facilities to help get you there. That means you’ll be working on what’s now and what’s next. Are you ready?

Accelerated Master's Program is available for current Michigan Tech students.

Program Overview

Our master's or doctorate in biological sciences program has experts in health sciences; ecology, evolution, and environmental sciences; and biochemistry and molecular biology. From the prognosis, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer to ecological toxicology and gene editing–start interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research right away, working side-by-side with internationally-known faculty.

  • Delivery Options

    • Accelerated: MS
    • On-Campus: MS, PhD

Biological Sciences Program Details

Choose a specific degree option or delivery type to learn more about the biological sciences program at Michigan Tech. For international students, Biological Sciences is a designated STEM program.

On-Campus Programs

Additional Program Information

Want to learn more about biological sciences at Michigan Tech? Visit the department for more information:


Graduate Director

Xiaoqing Tang

Graduate Assistant

Tori Connors


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your biological sciences MS and PhD. Sample areas include:

  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Human Health
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

Who You'll Work With

World-class faculty who are scholar-teachers–passionate about both their cutting-edge research and outstanding teaching. Majority of our faculty (>85%) have external research funding and all have their own labs. The department has brought in over 10 million dollars in the last six years from organizations such as NSF, NIH, DOE, DNR and HUD. Several faculty members have received NSF CAREER and other prestigious awards.

Where You'll Work

With over twenty research labs, seven teaching labs, seven shared facilities, three research sites located in National Parks and Preserves, and on one research vessel, students gain valuable hands-on experience for both learning and research. All of our labs are top-of-the-line and our equipment is both research-grade and state-of-the-art. Facilities and equipment are upgraded annually to keep abreast of changing technologies and best practices.

Faculty Spotlight

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi
Department Chair and Professor,
Biological Sciences

"We are tackling biological problems that are cutting edge, contributing to the knowledge base, and this is happening as a group activity–as a community of scholars"

The faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences are outstanding scholar-teachers who are contributing to major advances in health sciences, ecological sciences, and molecular biosciences. They do exceptional work that gets published and cited in reputable journals and bring in research dollars. Our students publish papers with faculty working in world-class labs, where they discover solutions to important problems like mitigating metabolic syndrome, control of invasive species, and making sense of genomic information. Research is our main passion, which makes students’ futures bright, leading to good jobs down the road.

Program Faculty