Master of Arts in Biology Program By University of Oregon |Top Universities

Master of Arts in Biology

Master of Arts in Biology

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
Biologists investigate a broad spectrum of questions about living organisms and life processes-the physical and chemical bases of life, how organisms and their component parts are structured, how they function, how they interact with their environment, and how they have evolved. Departmental teaching and research emphases in cellular and molecular biology, developmental biology, ecology and evolution, human biology, marine biology, neuroscience and behavior, and bioinformatics offer students opportunities to learn and work with scientists who are making important contributions to knowledge in these areas. Master’s degrees earned on the UO campus generally emphasize ecology and evolution and can involve research on terrestrial, aquatic, or marine organisms. Candidates for the master’s degree complete one of the following requirements: 60 credits of course work and the preparation of a critical essay; 45 credits of course work and the completion of a research project that is presented as a thesis. Two years are typically required for completion of the master’s degree. A two-year master’s degree with a focus in marine biology is offered at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Master’s degree students enrolled in the program at the institute must be admitted to the thesis master’s option. This program provides training for a variety of careers in aquatic or marine biology and can serve as preparation for advancement to a PhD program at another institution. The Department of Biology offers a master's degree in biology with a focus in bioinformatics that is designed to meet the needs of industry, the medical field, and academic or government institutions in the new genomic era. Students receive practical training in all aspects of acquiring and analyzing next-generation sequencing. The program is typically completed in 15–18 months and includes course work on the Eugene campus followed by a nine-month internship with one of many companies around the country.