Biology, MS

Master of Science

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $293.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $522.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

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.

This 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

Throughout the duration of this versatile program, you will be exposed to both laboratory and field experiences as part of the online courses.

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 PhD 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 medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, physician assistant, veterinary medicine, wildlife biology, and conservation biology.

Careers in biology may include:

  • Energy related fields
  • Entomologists
  • Environmental science
  • Food sciences
  • Genetics
  • Government
  • Heath related fields
  • Sales
  • Teaching
  • Wildlife
  • And more!
Austin S. Nuxoll, PhD
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 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.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree in Biology

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Completed coursework

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

  4. 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. Personal information should not be included in this letter. Personal information should not be included in this letter.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. If applicant has an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.75 a GRE score of 290 combined verbal/quantitative may used 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:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 15
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer Sessions
March 15

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 more information.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
BIOL 802Organic Evolution3

Course Number: BIOL 802

A study of evolution beginning with the origin of life and characterizing biological mechanisms of evolution leading to present biodiversity.

BIOL 820Intro to Graduate Study3

Course Number: BIOL 820

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.

BIOL 827Biological Statistics3

Course Number: BIOL 827

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 831Biological Research1

Course Number: BIOL 831

(6 credits needed in total) The goal of this course is to acquaint a student with research associated with the biological sciences. After completing six hours, a student will have a thorough literature review, have designed a novel set of experiments, created research materials and methods, collected and analyzed data, and a written final report in a format agreed upon by the student and the advisor. This course requires permission to register.

BIOL 881Current Issues in Biology1

Course Number: BIOL 881

(3 credits needed in total) 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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $293.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $345.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $879.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1035.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $522.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $574.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1566.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1722.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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