Biology, MS

Master of Science Degree in Biology

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $315.00
  • $562.00

Program Overview

The online Biology, MS program is designed for high school and middle school teachers, scientists, researchers and anyone who could benefit from advanced study in biology.

The Biology, MS program offers:

  • The ability for professionals to advance in their career field
  • Flexibility in coursework and timing
  • Support in the online environment via fellow students and professors
  • The opportunity for students to conduct their own hands-on research with faculty guidance
  • Over 40 elective offerings, allowing students to specialize in one area of study or diversify their degree program

Why choose this UNK program:

  • The Department of Biology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney has established itself as a nationwide leader in the successful delivery of its online biology graduate degree program.
  • Faculty members are energetic and willing to explore a wide variety of research interests.
  • An interdisciplinary study emphasizes collaborations aimed at solving modern biological problems.
  • A low student-to-faculty ratio assures the individual guidance necessary for positive individual experiences and successful completion of the program.

This program is typically structured as a non-thesis program, which is generally considered a terminal degree. For students considering continuing their education into a doctoral program, the Biology adviser will work with you to develop a program of study to suit this goal. Graduates of this online Biology, MS program have successfully gone on to Ph.D. programs at other institutions.

Career Outlook: The field of biology is varied, and so are the career opportunities.

The Biology, MS program prepares students for many different career fields including:

  • Teaching
  • Science outreach and education
  • Environmental science
  • Health-related fields
  • Wildlife biology
  • Genetic research
  • Pharmaceutical research
  • Conservation biology
  • Food science research
  • And more

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree in Biology. If the bachelor's degree was not in biology, applicants must have completed at least 24 undergraduate credit hours of biology coursework.

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A written personal statement

    The letter of intent should be a concise essay (one to two pages) concerning career goals and identification of the means by which the student proposes to achieve these goals. Accomplishments toward these goals should be included.

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. If applicant has an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.75 a GRE score of 290 combined verbal/quantitative may use in substitution

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

There are more than 40 elective courses offered in the program covering a variety of areas within Biology. All graduate level Biology courses (BIOL) will fulfill the elective requirements for the degree. Request information or call to be connected with an adviser for additional information.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
BIOL 820Intro to Graduate Study3
An introduction to graduate study and requirements at UNK with emphasis on research methods and biological techniques for the professional teacher and biologist. Students will gain an appreciation for the scientific method by formulating good scientific questions including sound null and alternative hypotheses, design experimental methods addressing the hypotheses and propose appropriate statistical tests for evaluation and results. Students will practice the art of locating and understanding scientific literature. In addition, students will engage in scientific writing which will include the submission of a research proposal. The student is encouraged to take this course during his/her first nine hours of graduate work in Biology. Prerequisites: Biology Majors or permission
BIOL 827Biological Statistics3
This class is divided into two main areas. The first is biological statistics: the collection and analysis of scientific data. The second area is experimental design: how an experimental hypothesis is built and what are the pieces and procedures needed to conduct a successful experiment. The class is not mathematically intensive and relies on the power of computers beyond a few examples done by hand. The class includes both parametric and non-parametric statistics with continuous and categorical variables.
BIOL 881Current Issues in Biology1
This course will expose the student to many different biological research topics, stimulate discussion on these topics, promote awareness of current issues in biology, help students critically analyze relevant and contemporary primary literature and ensure students are able to prepare appropriate presentations for scientific meetings. (3 credits needed in total)
BIOL 802Organic Evolution3
This course is an overview of the basic concepts in evolutionary biology with a focus on pattern and process through the use of examples. Molecular and organismal data will be examined.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Austin S. Nuxoll, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Austin Nuxoll’s research interests include microbial pathogenesis and recalcitrant infections. Specifically, lab studies regarding antibiotic tolerance in Staphylococcus aureus with a focus on the underlying role the metabolism plays in these bacteria tolerating antibiotics and components of the innate immune system. Nuxoll’s research has been published in mBio, Nature Microbiology and Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 10
  • Spring SemesterNov 10
  • Summer SessionsApr 10