The focus of USF’s 24-unit Master of Science in Biology program is hands-on lab research with full-time faculty and the completion of a major lab research project. Students who have successfully completed the program are prepared to pursue further postgraduate work or to enter into a technical position in a related research or industrial laboratory.

Program Start – Students can start the program each year in fall or spring semesters.

Areas of Research

Unlike other programs, students are required to apply for a concentration and an opening in a specific faculty member’s laboratory. Please contact the corresponding faculty member to discuss the program, his/her research, and your interest in attending USF. To qualify for admission to the biology program, you must be interested in pursuing research in one of the following areas:


Biology, MS

John Paul, PhD, Program Director
2130 Fulton Street
Harney Science Center 219C
San Franciscio, CA 94117