As part of our series How to Fully Fund Your Master’s Degree, here is a list of universities that fully fund the studies of all or most of their MS in Biology students. An MS in Biology can lead to careers in research, teaching, academia, and many more industries.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission as well as an annual stipend or salary during the entire program, which for Master’s degrees is usually 1-2 years. Funding usually comes with the expectation that students will teach or complete research in their field of study. Not all universities fully fund their doctoral students, which is why researching the financial aid offerings of many different programs, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad, is essential.
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Loyola University, MS in Biology
(Chicago, IL): Most students in the MS in Biology degree program receive funding. The Graduate School awards several stipends and tuition scholarships to qualifying students. The funding package includes a $24,000 per year stipend, full tuition, and health insurance. This funding package is renewable for a second year pending academic progress.
Memorial University, MSc in Biology
(Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada): Memorial University offers competitive funding packages to academically eligible full-time graduate students, both Canadian and international, in all eligible research programs. Funding: MSc: $17,500. Some international graduate students may be eligible for external funding.
Smith College, MS in Biological Sciences
(Northampton, MA): The Biological Sciences Master’s Program is fully funded: accepted students receive a tuition waiver and an academic year stipend in exchange for work in the department as a teaching fellow assisting with laboratory courses. Students are also eligible for summer stipends and research support.
The College of William and Mary, MS in Biology
(Williamsburg, VA): Most of our graduate students are funded by a teaching assistantship. Students who pursue an MS degree receive summer support from their advisors’ grant funds and, for those holding a teaching assistantship, from W&M. Other financial aid to students may involve faculty grants or part-time employment on an hourly basis in the department.
University of Alabama at Birmingham, MS in Biology
(Birmingham, AL): Stipends and Fellowships are available for qualified graduate students from a variety of sources, both federal and local. The Department of Biology awards Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) to qualified students, providing an initial annual stipend of $18,000 (MS) as well as student health insurance and tuition remuneration.
University of Florida, MS in Biology
(Gainesville, FL): The Department will provide teaching assistantships to all students who do not receive fellowship support or research assistantships for the expected duration of the program, assuming the student continues to make timely and satisfactory progress in the program. Assistantships over the 9-month academic year come with stipends of $12,600 – $18,000 plus a tuition waiver and health insurance.
University of San Francisco, MS in Biology
(San Francisco, CA): Students admitted to the program are fully funded, including a full scholarship and a salary earned through teaching or research assistantships. Most graduate students are awarded a teaching assistantship with a stipend of $9,000 per year.
University of Southern Mississippi, MS in Biological Sciences
(Hattiesburg, MS): Prospective graduate students are eligible for teaching assistantships, which carry an academic year stipend, and can expect a summer stipend yielding annual support of $12,000 respectively. Grant-supported research assistantships carry at least comparable support. It includes a tuition waiver and health insurance.
Western Michigan University, MS in Biological Sciences
(Kalamazoo MI): Most MS students are funded through teaching assistantships, which cover tuition and an academic-year stipend. Also, a limited number of summer session teaching assistantships are also available to outstanding students.
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