MS in Biological Sciences Overview

You will benefit from close-personal interactions with dedicated faculty members that have a passion for teaching, research and learning; rich experiential learning opportunities; innovative and cutting-edge research; and state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.

Career Preparation

Our master's degree program provides you with a broad background in the biological sciences that serves as preparation for entry into PhD degree programs, employment in the biotechnology industry and teaching positions at the high school and community college levels.

Paths to Health Fields

The program also facilitates student entry into health-related professional programs. Some biology graduate students participate in research in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Go Broad or Deep

Graduate studies cover molecular and cellular biology, physiology, microbiology, ecology, paleontology and plant and animal systematics. Or you can specialize in one area.

Stockton campus

In-Person course format

2 Years full-time

Applicants holding a baccalaureate or equivalent degree and interested in working toward a graduate degree must complete a University of the Pacific Graduate School application. 

All applications must be complete for official acceptance into the program and require the following:

  • application form (can be completed online)
  • essay (300-500 words in which the applicant discusses their academic interests, objectives and plans for graduate study)
  • official undergraduate transcripts
  • three letters of recommendation (at least one letter from a professor is preferred)
  • GRE scores (general subject test)
    • All GRE scores must be less than five years old
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (in some rare instances lower GPAs can be accepted)
    • The student’s last 60 units from their undergraduate degree can be used for this calculation
  • All GRE scores must be less than five years old
  • The student’s last 60 units from their undergraduate degree can be used for this calculation

Applications received complete (including submission of test scores) will be given the highest priority. 

Applications completed after the deadline, or those applications submitted after the deadline, will be evaluated and students will be admitted on a space-available basis. 

Students are not permitted to register until they have returned to the Graduate School the confirmation card that is sent with notification of admission. 

Teaching stipends and tuition remission are awarded to graduate students on a competitive basis.

Teaching stipends are awarded for students who serve as teaching assistants in courses that contain laboratory components, e.g. general biology, genetics, anatomy, physiology and microbiology.

Earnings from the teaching stipends can be used to pay for rent, groceries and other cost of living expenses.

Tuition remission pertains to units that the department provides to graduate students to help defray the cost of tuition.

For many entering graduate students, individuals receive sufficient tuition remission to pay for the entire cost of tuition.

Take the Next Step

We take a hands on approach with our students. This means we want to get to know you throughout your discovery and application process. Help us connect with you by taking the next step.

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Department of Biological Sciences
209.946.3024

College of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211