Graduate Program

Graduate Programs




Prospective Students

The Department of Biology offers degree programs leading to both the Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Graduate training is available across the full spectrum of modern biological investigation from molecular biology to ecosystems, unified by a strong focus on the evolutionary underpinnings of life at these different levels. Faculty members are grouped into four primary research areas, each of which has a corresponding graduate curriculum and seminar series.

Students may take advantage of the full breadth of training in modern biology offered in the department through their choice of elective courses, teaching experiences and department-wide seminars. Through these as well as the career presentations and opportunities for networking offered by the Biology Graduate Student Association and the Women in Biology group, graduate students in biology enjoy a highly interactive environment and training that provides excellent preparation for a variety of careers in the biological sciences. While many recent PhD graduates seek a traditional academic career, an increasing number find careers in biotechnology, government agencies, and a wide range of non-governmental organizations.

Graduate training can be pursued in each of the following areas:

Biology faculty are also involved in several other interdisciplinary graduate programs, including Bioinformatics; Neuroscience; and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry.

For more information on our graduate program, contact Meredith Canode, Graduate Program Director for the Biology Department at


Current Students

The goal of the Biology Department at Boston University is to train students at the highest level in one of three broad sub-fields within modern Biology. Upon completion of the Ph.D., students should be prepared for post-graduate training and to eventually assume teaching and/or research positions in academia, industry, government or non-profit agencies.

Expectations for satisfactory progress for all graduate students.

Learning Outcome 1:  Demonstrate academic mastery in one of three areas of Biology:  Ecology, Evolution & Behavior; Neurobiology; or Cellular &Molecular Biology.

Learning Outcome 2:  Attain research expertise and complete original research that advances a specific field of study within one of three broad subject areas represented in the department:  Ecology, Evolution & Behavior; Neurobiology; or Cellular &Molecular Biology.

Learning Outcome 3: Effectively teach complex biological information at the college or university level in one of three broad areas of Biology: Ecology, Evolution & Behavior; Neurobiology; or Cellular &Molecular Biology.

Learning Outcome 4: Be prepared to enter into the job market.



Grad Students