Starting your path in advanced biology

The Master of Science in biology program provides an advanced understanding of the knowledge of biological theory, lab techniques and experimental design and is structured so that it can be completed in a one-year process.

This nonthesis master’s degree is appropriate for people in careers that value individuals having advanced technical and conceptual training in biology including clinical doctorate programs (e.g., medicine, dentistry and physical therapy), positions in management and policy, and educational appointment at the primary, secondary or community college levels. The coursework provides a foundation in graduate-level knowledge of biological theory, lab techniques and experimental design and includes the unique opportunity to take a human anatomy course with a cadaver lab component at the master’s level.

The one-year design to this program is especially appealing to students, whether they are using this degree opportunity as a steppingstone to future educational opportunities or working toward an advancement in their current field. With our small class sizes, the student’s access to their professors and their knowledge is an especially appealing quality. The biology faculty and curriculum emphasize the core values of honesty and integrity intertwined with the principles of Christianity on which CSU was founded.

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Tuition Discounts

A 10% discount of the tuition cost is available for Charleston Southern graduates with a life-sciences degree. If the student is not a CSU alum, A 10% discount of the tuition cost is available for graduates from other institutions with a life-sciences degree and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.8.


Charleston Southern University’s accreditation can be found here.

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Application Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended 
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Two online recommendations
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field from an accredited senior institution
  • Goals Statement
  • GRE exam within the last five years*

*An undergraduate GPA of 3.5 conferred in the last five years may be substituted.

In the Biology program, you’ll take courses like…

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Human Anatomy
  • Pathophysiology
  • Human Genetics
  • Immunology

Program Director

Peter Jenkins

Peter Jenkins

Professor of Biology and Geology/Director of Master of Science in Biology program
Science Building


The building houses chemistry, biology and research labs, faculty offices and classrooms. A greenhouse is located adjacent to the science building. The greenhouse contains more than 50 different varieties of orchids: both hybrids and species. There is also a bog garden with more than 30 different species of carnivorous plants.

The master’s in biology classes are challenging but enjoyable; the campus is quaint but vibrant, and the instructors are knowledgeable and understanding. I love how friendly and willing to help all the staff members are and how welcomed I have always felt.

Matt Jenkins ’19 / MS biology