Department of Biology Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Villanova University

Department of Biology Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Villanova University

Villanova, PA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
March 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


A Highly Ranked University with Recognized Biology Programs

Villanova University has received consistent number one ratings by "U.S. News and World Report" in the category Northeastern Master's Institutions for two decades. Villanova's extensive technological resources have also given it consistent ranking in the top 15 of Most Wired Campus by "PC Magazine" and "Princeton Review." "InsideCollege" further lists Villanova as a featured school in the category Colleges to Consider if You Want to Study Biology.

Villanova's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers over 50 graduate studies programs, including a Master of Arts, Master of Science, and several graduate certificates in Biology.

Scholarship and research at Villanova are directed at improving and communicating the understanding of biological systems and processes in all their diversity. Villanova offers a variety of formats for study, including traditional classes, laboratory and field study, seminar and independent study, and teaching. The Department of Biology also holds weekly seminars throughout the academic year where graduate students can engage in discussions on current topics in biology.

Master's Certificate Flexible and Individualized

The graduate program in the biology department offers two certificate programs for either full- or part-time students who do not wish to pursue the full master's degree. Coursework is primarily in one of two areas -- cell, molecular, and developmental biology or ecology, evolution, and organismal biology.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Biology requires 16 hours of course credits, with at least 3 lab courses; the Advanced Certificate requires 24 credit hours with at least 4 lab courses. Qualified students in a certificate program may apply for acceptance to either the M.A. or the M.S. degree programs.

Master of Arts Degree in Biology

Biology graduate students are offered several choices for obtaining a M.A. at Villanova. Concentration of study in cell, molecular, and developmental biology includes courses in immunology, bacteriology, genetics, endocrinology, neurophysiology, recombinant DNA technology, virology, and pharmacology.

The ecology, evolution, and organismal biology concentration offers study in vertebrate ecology, biogeochemistry, comparative physiology, paleobiology, plant ecology and ecophysiology, eukaryotic microbiology, and biodiversity and systematics.

These two specializations result in a diploma stating the chosen concentration. Students who opt to take a broader selection of courses to meet degree requirements receive a traditional M.A. diploma. Requirements include at least 33 credit hours with a minimum of 4 lab courses and 1 seminar.

Master of Science Degree in Biology

The Master of Science degree program offers students focused coursework and the opportunity for extensive independent research. The required 30 credits are comprised of at least 20 credits of formal coursework and a maximum of 10 credits of research coursework in the student's own research area. This research will result in an original thesis, which each student will prepare and defend. An advisory committee collaborates with each student to determine the program of study and individual research options.

Student Resources

Villanova offers a number of academic, financial, and career resources for biology graduate students. The Department of Biology's academic advising program ensures that faculty are available to both full-time and part-time graduate students to help them identify faculty whose research overlaps with their interests, and to assist with the choice between the M.A. and M.S. programs.

Teaching assistantships and research fellowships are available to help students finance their education, with recipients receiving a 9-month stipend and tuition waiver.

Villanova's Career Services Office, rated 19th out of 368 colleges in a student poll conducted by the Princeton Review, has counseling and mentoring programs to assist students with career planning, resumes, interviews, and connections with prospective employers.

Diverse Faculty and Student Body

Villanova University is home to a large community of faculty and students.

545 full-time faculty members offer a wealth of expertise and experience. Villanova's 23 graduate biology faculty members, all of whom have doctoral degrees and post-doctoral training, continually further their knowledge in their chosen fields of expertise. Several faculty have National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and other agency research funding.

Villanova's diverse student body, made up of over 10,000 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, comes from 45 states, Puerto Rico, and 48 foreign countries. The university's 11:1 student/faculty ratio ensures excellent interaction and meaningful relationships.

Located Near Philadelphia, PA

Villanova is located on the historic Main Line in Pennsylvania, just 12 miles from Philadelphia, with easy access by road, bus, and train to everything the metropolis has to offer. Philadelphia's historical, cultural, recreational, entertainment, and shopping opportunities are numerous and varied.

According to a survey conducted by and, Philadelphia was rated number 1 for best city for young college grads, with cost of living and availability of good jobs taken into consideration.

The Villanova campus is set apart from the city's hustle and bustle on a quiet 254 acres, designated an arboretum, with several miles of self-guided walking tours.

Location & Contact

Department of Biology

Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Villanova University

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
United States

Dr. Aaron Bauer


Phone: 610-519-4857

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biological And Biomedical Sciences Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 17
    • 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? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • 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


85% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 35
    • Accepted 30
    • Acceptance Rate 85
    • Enrolled 17
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 15th October 15th Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0, 3 recommendation letters
    • 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 awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableHealth Care Benefits, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students53
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students53
    • Part-time Percentage30%
    • Full-time Percentage70%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian73%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander2%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown11%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty9
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage22%
    • Male Percentage78%