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Master of Science in Biological Sciences

The master of science in biological sciences program emphasizes independent research supported by advanced course work. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong background in the life sciences and a clear commitment to independent laboratory, field and/or theoretical research. The department offers opportunities for original work in a wide variety of fields, including animal behavior, biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, ecology, environmental science, evolutionary biology, genetics, marine biology, microbiology, molecular biology, neurobiology, plant sciences and physiology.

Master of Science in Biological Sciences Tuition & Fees 2023–24

Fee Cost
Application fee $60
Full academic-year tuition (before scholarship) 
(8 to 11 credits per semester)
Part-time tuition (fee per credit) $1,910
Health insurance* (coverage beginning August 15) $3,600

*This fee may be waived if you are a U.S. citizen with comparable health insurance that will cover you while in Massachusetts.

Application deadline: January 15, 2024

Financial Assistance

A student admitted to Smith’s Master of Science in Biological Sciences program will be awarded a teaching or research fellowship. A fellowship includes a full tuition waiver, a monthly stipend, and summer support.

Visit the Tuition & Financial Aid website for financial aid deadlines and information and instructions on how to apply.