Biology (MS)

Due to COVID-19, our physical office is closed. However, all classes will be held online and instructors and staff are working remotely. We recommend email or Canvas to reach instructors and email or phone for departmental business.

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Going further, doing more

Why earn a Master's degree in Biology at UW-La Crosse?

Master's-focused education

At UWL, we specialize in training Master's students, providing individual mentoring and professional development for students preparing for careers or further studies. As a M.S. student at UWL, you will not compete with Ph.D. students for resources, funding, or faculty attention. Many careers require a M.S. rather than a Ph.D., and a master's research project might help you decide whether to pursue a Ph.D. in the future.

Graduate student and mentor work in lab

Diverse research opportunities

Our department has a faculty of nearly 40 instructors with a wide variety of professional interests. Whether you are interested in biomedical sciences, molecular biology, ecology, evolution, fungi, or behavior, you can find a great mentor at UWL. Our colleagues in Microbiology study bacteria, archaea and viruses - you should check out the MS in Microbiology if those organisms are of interest! Our new Prairie Springs Science Center offers state-of-the-art research facilities for both programs.

Graduate student and mentor in the field

A great place to live

With accolades from publications including Forbes magazine and Outdoor Magazine, La Crosse offers a great cultural and natural environment.  La Crosse combines a small-town feel with ample cultural and recreational opportunities. Situated on the Mississippi River in the geologically unique Driftless region, La Crosse offers four-season recreational and research opportunities on water and land.

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Need additional info?

Contact our graduate program director