Biological Sciences (M.A., M.S.)

St. Cloud State University    Postgraduate Programs

Full time & Part time See Course MSc, MA 2 years
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The Biological Sciences programme at St. Cloud State offers a comprehensive education in the field of biology. With a choice between a Master of Arts or Master of Science, you'll gain in-depth knowledge and skills in your chosen discipline, whether it's ecology and natural resources or cell and molecular biology. The programme boasts internationally-recognized faculty who conduct research funded by various organizations. You'll have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and the opportunity to conduct individual research projects. The programme also offers graduate assistantships, covering tuition and living expenses. Admission requirements include a minimum GPA of 2.75, a statement of intent, and letters of recommendation.

About the course

You will gain in-depth knowledge and skills in your chosen discipline while being introduced to a breadth of topics at the cutting edge of biology. 

You will have access to a variety of laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment. Our programs prepare students for career placement in academic research, industry, medical professions, natural resource management, teaching and more. 

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Entry Requirements

General admission requirements:
- GPA: 2.75, Statement of Intent, Three letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic), Transcripts
- Applicants who have been awarded a bachelor's and or graduate degree from an international higher education institution (recognized by the country's Education Ministry) need to submit a NACES evaluation: View Website
- English Proficiency Exemptions: Applicants who will hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a university in the United States, Canada or from a country whose sole official language is English, will be exempt: View Website


$7,385* per year (resident rate)
$447.60 per credit
$55.13 student fees
$72.10 Health fee

*Tuition & fees effective 2020-2021 academic year, and are subject to the annual update

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Student Profile

Shana Rogan

The December graduate spent her undergraduate and graduate school days at St. Cloud State University researching diabetes with Professor Marina Cetkovic-Cvrlje.

This fall she graduates with her master’s in biological sciences, and next fall she will be starting a doctoral program to work toward a career that will combine her passion for research and travel.
“I have been interested in biology since I was a child as it really initiated my curiosity for learning and asking questions,” Rogan said. “I love this area because it helps provide explanations for how life works, and the knowledge gained can be a real benefit to people.”

In Cetkovic’s lab Rogan focused research on type 1 diabetes and how environmental pollutants and toxins affect the disease’s development using experimental mouse models.

As a graduate student she helped run the lab as they investigated the effects of an African seed extract on type 1 diabetes development.

“I have had such a fantastic experience working with Dr. C that it’s difficult to put into words,” she said. “It has been so incredible. I have learned how to run a lab, train undergraduates, become more comfortable with presenting and have learned many other numerous skills that will be a huge asset for my future.”


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