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Department of Biology

Graduate Program
Make advancements in science and in your academic journey.


Penn State’s Department of Biology is one of the top-ranked biology departments in the United States. Students in the graduate program can pursue both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in many areas of biology, including cell and developmental biology, genetics, genomics, physiology, neuroscience, organismal biology, plant science, ecology, evolutionary biology, and theoretical and computational biology.


Admission to our program is based on merit as presented in your application and evaluated by the faculty, available space in a particular program, and the availability of financial support. Year-round assistantships and fellowships are guaranteed for five years to all biology graduate students (in good academic standing). However, applicants with strong academic records are encouraged to apply by December 15 to be considered in the first rounds of competition for enhanced financial support.