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MS in Biology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Biology (MS BIO) is a two-year graduate degree program designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of students in the theories and concepts of biology as well as other life-related sciences. The program includes topics in ecological, biotechnology and environmental research. It aims to prepare students for work in the field of biology and research.

Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in MS in Biology should have an undergraduate degree in the science field. However, students who do not hold an undergraduate program in those fields but still wish to pursue the program are encouraged to take at least 18 units of courses in the relevant fields.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Biological Literacy and Communication

  • Advanced Molecular Genetics

  • Evolution and Systematics

  • Molecular Neurobiology

  • Developmental Biology

  • Advanced Immunology

  • Advanced Cell Biology

  • Conservation Ecology

  • Advanced Topics

  • Pharmacology

  • Biostatistics

  • Toxicology

  • Mycology

  • Virology

Admission Requirements


  • The student must have an undergraduate degree relevant to the program

  • An applicant with a degree not in line with the *insert field* may still be admitted to the program as long as they take the pre-requisite courses. However, some colleges and universities admit any bachelor’s degree holders. 

  • The student must pass the Graduate Admissions Test of the university

Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Transcript of records (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letters from former professors, deans, or colleagues

  • Letter of intent

  • Most recent medical and dental health record

  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate

  • Copy of undergraduate diploma

  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Areas of Specialization

  • Anatomy

  • Biophysics

  • Cell and molecular biology

  • Computational biology

  • Ecology and evolution

  • Environmental biology

  • Forensic biology

  • Genetics

  • Marine biology

  • Microbiology, 

  • Molecular biosciences

  • Natural science

  • Neurobiology

  • Physiology

  • Zoology

Program Outcome

Graduates of MS in Biology  are expected to be able to:

  • Utilize relevant biological research work techniques and procedures laboratories and field settings

  • Use appropriate technology and apply advanced mathematical and statistical computations in analyzing biological data

  • Know and thoroughly assess current theories in the various areas of biological sciences

Board Exam

The MS in Biology does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Doctorate degree to further gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of MS in Biology may pursue a career path in government agencies, biological laboratories, museums, zoos, aquaria, and private organizations. They may apply as a biology instructor, laboratory and field biologist, biology department head, laboratory technician, or a researcher.

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