Biology Program College of Arts and Sciences University of San Francisco

Biology Program College of Arts and Sciences University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
March 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


The College of Arts and Sciences Adheres to USF's Jesuit Values of Global Justice and Educational Excellence

Six academic schools and colleges comprise the University of San Francisco, including the College of Arts and Sciences, which is home to about 3,000 undergraduate and 650 graduate students. In all of its programs of study, USF strives to foster educational excellence and to promote justice at all levels of society. Accordingly, students and faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences have received recognition and made a number of positive contributions to the local and global communities.

Many of the college's programs involve travel to developing nations, environmental projects, and scientific research that makes an impact in accordance with USF's Jesuit heritage. The Jesuit tradition, combined with the university's motto, "Educating hearts and minds to change the world," emphasizes well-rounded academic preparation that equips students to use their education for the benefit of the world around them.

Biology Master's Students Choose from Among Thirteen Areas for Individualized Research Projects

USF's Master of Science in Biology program emphasizes student-faculty interaction and laboratory research. Each biology graduate student develops an individual research focus with the help of a faculty adviser. The research project includes a formal written thesis requirement, which compliments graduate-level course work and a graduate seminar. Graduate students choose from thirteen research areas, including behavioral biology, botany, cancer biology, conservation genetics, parasitology, and virology, among others.

USF Offers Full Tuition Scholarships to All Admitted Biology Graduate Students

The biology master's program at USF qualifies graduates to enter professional research positions in cutting-edge industries, teaching positions at the middle and high school levels, and to pursue further graduate study at the doctoral level. USF graduates have entered doctoral and professional programs at such prestigious institutions as Duke University, Georgetown University Medical School, and Yale University Medical School. Additionally, former USF biology graduate students have accepted positions in state governments, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals.

The biology master's program at the University of San Francisco offers generous financial aid options to admitted graduate students. All admitted biology students receive full tuition scholarships, and the majority of students also receive teaching assistantships with stipends, with a limited number of research assistantships available as well.

More information is available about the College of Arts and Sciences and applying online, as well as information for international graduate students.

The Bay Area Provides Cultural and Professional Opportunities to University of San Francisco Students

The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit Catholic university of approximately 9,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Situated in a residential neighborhood of San Francisco, USF is located appropriately for both serious study and recreation in the Bay Area. San Francisco has a rich historical and cultural tradition, and is home to such landmarks and attractions as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Chinatown.

In the surrounding region of California, USF students can visit unique landscape like Napa wine country and the Point Reyes National Seashore. San Francisco is also a center of commerce and business, which gives USF students access to internships and professional opportunities, both while they study and after they graduate.

Location & Contact

Biology Program

College of Arts and Sciences
University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
United States

Dr. James Sikes


Phone: 415-422-6755
Fax: 415-422-6363

Mark Landerghini

Information Contact

Phone: 415-422-5101
Fax: 415-422-2217

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biological And Biomedical Sciences Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 2
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


15% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 39
    • Accepted 6
    • Acceptance Rate 15
    • Enrolled 3
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $55
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 15th Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test, BS in biology or the equivalent
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 2
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students9
    • Female Percentage67%
    • Male Percentage33%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students9
    • Part-time Percentage22%
    • Full-time Percentage78%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian33%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian56%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races11%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty6
    • Full-time Percentage83%
    • Part-time Percentage17%
    • Female Percentage67%
    • Male Percentage33%