Advance Research and Become an Innovator

Enhance your education and master the field of biology with Nova Southeastern University’s Master of Science in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Research. This research-focused program offers strategic, hands-on learning and develops the critical thinking skills required for careers in biology. Your program culminates with a novel and significant piece of writing that communicates your scientific findings to the community at large. 

NSU’s M.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Research is one of the most research-oriented programs in the United States. Nearly 50 percent of program credits are devoted to research in the thesis path, and research proposal development is required for entry. As a student in this program, you’ll benefit from working alongside faculty who are experts in the fields of biological sciences. Faculty research includes areas such as parasite ecology; pathogen and invasion biology; conservation genetics & ecology; biophysical computer modeling; primate, and nonhuman primate genetics; antibiotic resistance; and novel antimicrobials.


Quick Facts


NSU’s M.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Research is 36 total credits to complete. This program offers a capstone and thesis path. All students are automatically accepted into the capstone path. Additional research proposal development is required to enter the thesis path.

Start Dates

Admissions is on a “rolling” basis with program start dates offered in August (Fall term), May (Summer term) and January (Winter term).

Delivery Options

Classes for the M.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Research are offered at NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus and the Oceanographic campus.


Tuition for this degree program is $1,444 per credit hour. Additional graduate program fees apply.

Application Deadline

Summer 2023: April 15, Fall 2022: July 17, Winter 2023: November 15


Career Outcomes


$84,400 Median Salary Per Year

Biochemists and Biophysicists

$94,270 Median Salary Per Year

Postsecondary Teachers

$80,790 Median Salary Per Year

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Biological Sciences - Research Curriculum

Core Courses (9 credits)
BCOR 5000
Graduate Seminar (BCOR 5000 / Credits: 3 )
BCOR 5585 OR BCOR 5150
Genomics OR Immunobiology (BCOR 5585 OR BCOR 5150 / Credits: 3 )
BCOR 5350
Principles of Epidemiology (BCOR 5350 / Credits: 3 )
Elective Courses (choose 12 credits for capstone path or 6 credits for thesis path)
BCOR 5580
Scientific Methods and Experimental Design (BCOR 5580 / Credits: 3 )
BCOR 5779
Biostatistics (BCOR 5779 / Credits: 3 )
BCOR 5560
Biodiversity/Biogeography (BCOR 5560 / Credits: 3 )
BMHS 5250
Systems Neurosciences (BMHS 5250 / Credits: 3 )
BMHS 5300
Pharmacodynamics (BMHS 5300 / Credits: 3 )
BMHS 5400
Advanced Regional Anatomy/Lab (BMHS 5400 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 5500
Advanced Biochemistry (BMME 5500 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 5560
Molecular Evolution (BMME 5560 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 5600
Training in Standard Molecular Biology Methods (BMME 5600 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 5701
Ecosystems Applications (BMME 5701 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 5750
Stable Isotopes (BMME 5750 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 6000
GIS and Environmental Remote Sensing (BMME 6000 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 6001
Laboratory q-PCR and Culture Techniques (BMME 6001 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 6600
External Biology/Biotechnology Internship (BMME 6600 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 6650
Molecular Forensics (BMME 6650 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 6700
Advanced Molecular Genetics Laboratory Methods (BMME 6700 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 6750
External/Biology/Biotechnology Internship II (BMME 6750 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 6770
Bacterial Evolutionary Genetics (BMME 6770 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 8050
Programming Data Structure / Algorithm (BMME 8050 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 8051
Database Management and Applications (BMME 8051 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 8053
Introduction to Bioinformatics (BMME 8053 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 8054
Data Mining (BMME 8054 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 8058
Ichthyology (BMME 8058 / Credits: 3 )
MSMS 5060
Scientific Communication (MSMS 5060 / Credits: 3 )
MSMS 6209
Biodiversity (MSMS 6209 / Credits: 3 )
Required Courses
BCOR 5580
Scientific Methods and Experimental Design (BCOR 5580 / Credits: 3 )
BCOR 5779
Biostatistics (BCOR 5779 / Credits: 3 )
Research Courses (15 credits in thesis path OR 9 credits in capstone path)
BMME 7000
Thesis (BMME 7000 / Credits: 3 )
BMME 7010
Capstone (BMME 7010 / Credits: 3 )

For specific course requirements, refer to the “M.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Research Program" in NSU's Halmos College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student catalog.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Halmos College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

Admissions Requirements

  1. NSU Graduate Application 
  2. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited academic institution.
  3. Official Transcripts from all educational institutions attended since high school.
  4. Minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for Admission: 3.0
  5. (2) Letters of Recommendation, one coming from an Academic Professor
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – Waived for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 applicants


We hope you will join us for our Graduate Open House on Thursday, November 3rd at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about Biological Sciences, including careers within the field, NSU's graduate degree offerings, and the application process.


Program directors and department faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences and HCAS Graduate Admissions will be in attendance to answer your questions about your program(s) of interest.


You'll learn about program facultycourses offeredcareer prospects, and DOBS’s graduate programs.

Open house invitation, read details below


Virtual Graduate Open House


Join NSU's Department of Biological Sciences to learn about:

  • M.S. in Biological Sciences program
    • Health Studies Concentration
    • Research Concentration
  • Computational Molecular Biology Certificate
    • Program Faculty
    • Graduate Application Overview
    • Career Prospects
    • Hands-on Experiences
    • Courses Offered



Featured Alumni

Ivanna Barazza

Class of 2021

Primary Thesis Advisor: Rob Smith
Thesis Title: Increasing the frequency of periodic spatial disturbance decreases surface attachment protein expression in Staphylococcus aureus
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Sydney Harned

Class of 2021

Primary Thesis Advisor: Mahmood Shivji
Thesis Title: Genetic population dynamics of the critically endangered scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean

Blake Roberts

Class of 2021

Primary Capstone Advisor: Christopher Blanar
Capstone Title: A Systematic Review of Parasites Found Within Selected Teleost Fishes of the South Florida Hermatypic Coral Reef Tract

Research Labs

Microbial Cooperation Lab

Research activities include microbial cooperation, antibiotic resistance, pathogenesis, and spatial structure

Microbiology & Genetics Lab

Applying advanced biotechnology, molecular genetics, and computational data analysis methods to describe basic marine organismal functions

Conservation Biology & Genetics Lab

Shark, billfish and coral reef fish conservation biology and ecology

Program Director and Admissions Staff

Matthew Johnston, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
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Megan Troy

Assistant Director
Halmos Graduate Admissions
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