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Biology Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 3 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2021–2022

  • Average Course Tuition

    $2,980

science student looking into microscope

Learn how to apply critical thinking to real-world scenarios in the life sciences while exploring cutting-edge research and theory.

You’ll gain deeper insight into a range of biological fields, such as molecular biology, genetics, genomics, cell biology, neurobiology and behavior, and ecology.

What You'll Learn

Through the master’s degree in the field of biology you:

  • Enhance your understanding of the biological sciences, including molecular biology, genetics, genomics, cell biology, physiology, neurobiology and behavior, evolution, and ecology.
  • Build a foundation in scientific practice, including experimental or case study design and implementation, scientific data collection and analysis, and ethical practices.
  • Develop advanced professional communication skills, with an emphasis on sharing scientific results in written, oral, and graphical forms.

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Biology.

Biology alumni have gone on to doctoral programs in a variety of fields, including bioethics, biomedical sciences, biomedical forensic sciences, chronic disease epidemiology, education, medical/veterinary sciences, neuroscience, oncology, and pubic health at top research universities.

  • 29

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Average Courses Each Semester

  • 70%

    Work Full Time

  • 96%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 9 Years

    Professional Experience

  • Most

    Pursued For Career Advancement

Getting Started: Admissions and Degree Requirements

At Harvard Extension School, your admission is based largely on your performance in three specific Harvard Extension courses that you complete before submitting an application.

To get started, we invite you to explore the degree requirements, confirm your initial eligibility, and learn more about our unique “earn your way in” admissions process.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2021–22 rate) $2,980 per 4-credit course  ($745 per credit)
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,760

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.