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Master of Science in Applied Biology

The Master of Science in applied biology program at Salisbury University addresses the growing need for a technologically trained workforce with special skills in biotechnology and laboratory and environmental science. The curriculum emphasizes the development of skills in research and relates practical experiences to a strong background in theory.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

The scope of biological science is broad, and training in this field can lead to many diverse careers. Through SU’s program, you will join a research laboratory and gain valuable experience and knowledge that will support further educational goals (such as Ph.D. or professional programs) or lead directly to employment.

Graduates of the program may go on to careers such as:

  • Dentist
  • Ecologist
  • Field Biologist
  • Laboratory Research Biologist
  • Optometrist
  • Physician
  • Veterinarian

Why Choose Applied Biology at SU?

You can expect a lot from our program. In choosing to study here, you will find:

  • Faculty with a broad range of research expertise and interests
  • Student-centered faculty mentoring
  • Opportunity to focus on a chosen field of interest, while developing broad expertise in modern biological concepts
  • Extensive experience conducting science in the laboratory or the field
  • Experience with scientific writing and presentation

The program consists of 33 credit hours of graduate work that is generally completed in a two-year period. The curriculum emphasizes skills development in a research setting and relates practical experiences to a strong background in theory. An optional thesis and an accelerated 4+1 M.S. option for advanced undergraduates are included for those students who plan to continue their post-graduate studies.

Our thesis students also work closely with faculty members to design original research projects and to work as independent scientists. The research interests of our faculty are broad, from microbiology and molecular genetics to the natural history of plants and animals.

Mentorship and projects are focused and personalized for each student’s needs. Students gain experience in proposal and grant writing, lab and field research methods, and presentation of their research at local and international conferences, giving them exposure and preparing them for the broader world of their area of study.

Meet Marissa – M.S. in Applied Biology Student

Meet Marissa – M.S. in Applied Biology Student

Discover how SU has supported Marissa’s passion for parasitology. 

Program Admission

Students applying to the program should review the admission requirements.

Faculty with Real-World Experience

Our faculty has embraced the concept of student-centered teaching and encourages student participation at science meetings.

As an alumna of the SU Biological Sciences Department, I am extremely proud of the growth of the department and of the University as a whole, especially in research opportunities.
Dana Price, Ph.D. Department of Biological Sciences Faculty

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