GRE requirement will be waived for fall 20 and spring 21 applicants

SJU increased research maturity and allowed me to explore what parts of science were most exciting to me.
Gregory Way (M.S., 2014), Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Broad Institute

My experience at SJU served as a great foundation to understand the technologies we're wrestling with every day -- especially the fundamentals of biologics manufacturing we learned in Biotechnology.
Carl Minniti (MA, 2013), JD, MBA

Associate, Litigation Department, Paul Hastings

The Masters program at SJU helped to strengthen my foundation in all disciplines of biology and really allowed me to excel in dental school. 
Jamie Kuhn (MA, 2014), DMD
Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry 

SJU introduced me to a field of research that I've fallen in love with, and pursued through my graduate career and beyond.
Krishna Mudumbi (MS, 2013), PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University

The SJU Grad program...prepared me for clinical research... They offered outstanding high level biology and physiology courses...refined my presentation skills... Most importantly, taught me integrity and professionalism.
Joseph Moran (BS, 2011; MS, 2013), DO
Internal Medicine Resident Physician
Lehigh Valley Health Network

Excellent mentorship from all faculty, not just my committee, coupled with their exceptional knowledge and experience, really made the difference for me.
Philip Freda (MS, 2014), PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Bioinformatics
University of Pennsylvania

The biggest thing SJU did for me was allow me to conduct independent research and refine my research interests...Further, I was able to conduct extensive field work and learn many techniques which made the transition to my PhD much easier.
Kaitlin Kimmel (MS, 2015), PhD student
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program
College of Biological Sciences
University of Minnesota 

My training in the SJU master’s program, ESPECIALLY my work with Dr. Grogan, has left me with a number of curiosities and skill sets that I still use today...SJU as a whole also emphasized the importance of science as story telling. This has been helpful in engaging broad audiences and I have often received positive feedback on presentations I give. Additionally, my time in the GK-12 program helped me learn how to engage young audiences.
Michael Fath (MS, 2012), PhD student
Department of Biology
Tufts University

[SJU's MS Program in Biology] Gave me graduate school experience; helped me figure out what work/life balance would work for me; gave me experience conducting research on my own, writing it up, and defending it.
Rene Clark (MS, 2017), PhD student
Graduate Program in Ecology & Evolution
Rutgers University

M.S. and M.A. Programs

The Department of Biology at Saint Joseph's University offers programs leading to the Master of Science (MS) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees in Biology. The MS program is a thesis-based, full time program and designed to be completed within two years. The MA program is course-based and accommodates both full and part time students. Undergraduate students enrolled at SJU with majors in Biology or Environmental Science may be able to complete a combined 5-year BS/MA or BS/MS degree.  

The goal of the MS and MA programs is the advanced training of students in a broad range of subjects within the life sciences. Students in both programs are required to take both lecture and seminar style courses.  Most of the lecture courses offered in the Department also have a lab component.  MS students require the completion of a research thesis, and MA students have the opportunity to conduct research for credits.

Graduate students enrolled in a Master’s or MBA program at another university or college who wish to take graduate level courses for credit at Saint Joseph's.  The application for Visiting Student can be found here.

Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree but who do not have the prerequisite courses for medical, dental or veterinary school, can enroll in the post-baccalaureate pre-health certificate program. This program can be completed in as little as one calendar year and the natural science courses are offered both during the summer and the academic year. Contact Liz Gatti ( for more information.

Fields of Study

The faculty in the Department of Biology teach a wide range of courses, including Advanced Cell Biology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Bacterial Pathogenesis, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Histopathology, Comparative Anatomy, Animal Behavior, and Bioinformatics.  MS and MA students have the opportunity to conduct research in the fields of cell biology, environmental and molecular microbiology, behavioral genetics, neuroscience, mycology, paleontology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and animal behavior.

The department is well-equipped both for teaching and research at the undergraduate and graduate level. Major equipment available includes transmission, scanning and confocal microscopes, tissue culture facilities, an extensive vivarium, and sophisticated plant growth chambers as well as a rooftop greenhouse and experimental green roof.

Financial Assistance

Full-time M.S. students are eligible for graduate teaching assistantships that provide a scholarship for tuition. To be considered for this scholarship, applications must be received no later than March 1st.  Stipends, in the form of teaching assistantships, may be available for M.S. and M.A. students. Other teaching opportunities may be available to both M.A. and M.S. candidates.Qualified students may find employment as assistants in introductory undergraduate laboratories.

Students may also apply to the GeoKids LINKS program that offer graduate stipends.  For more information, visit the GeoKids LINKS site or contact Dr. Karen Snetselaar at


The MA and MS programs have prepared many students for professional schools (PA, DMD, MD, DO) and PhD programs.  Recent graduates have moved on to Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins University, Kansas State University, Ohio University, and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Read about some of our recent graduates here.