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MS in Biological Sciences

Our MS in Biological Sciences is a research intensive program designed to train students for scientific careers focused on understanding the aging process as well as detecting, preventing and treating age-related conditions. First of its kind in the nation, this program is presented in partnership with the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, the premier and internationally acclaimed research center focused on developing early diagnostic tests and treatments for age-related disease, and BioMarin, which develops innovative biopharmaceuticals for serious diseases and focuses on product candidates that address unmet medical needs.


All research is conducted in laboratory facilities of the Buck Institute and BioMarin, and our graduate students work with notable  scientists whose research is directed towards detecting, preventing, and treating age-related conditions/diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer, and stroke.


Program Highlights

  • Lab placements begin in the first semester, making this program one of the most innovative and hands-on graduate science programs in the country
  • Students study with nationally and internationally acclaimed scientists, researches and professors while receiving generous accompanying scholarships
  • Opportunities to present findings at national and international conferences and to publish in peer-reviewed journals
  • An intellectually vibrant setting that promotes rigorous study, yet encourages collaboration among colleagues


Program Objectives

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of biological topics pertaining specifically to your research
  • Acquire the skills needed to conduct original scientific research
  • Learn how to communicate your findings at conferences and in peer-reviewed publications
  • Acquire academic credentials to continue graduate studies, whether your objective is to obtain a doctorate or a medical degree
  • Earn the professional credentials needed to pursue a rewarding career in scientific research


Dominican In the News

MS Grad Students Contribute to Research Study in PNAS

Research Links Cadmium to Breast Cancer Cell Growth - PLOS ONE

Steam Shown to Kill California Plant Disease - San Francisco Chronicle

Dominican Professor Explores Links to Breast Cancer - Marin IJ


Admission Requirements

MS in Biological Sciences Admission Requirements 


A note for International Applicants

International students are not eligible for placement at the Buck Institute or Bio Marin. As such, admission of international students to the Master of Science in Biological Sciences program is dependent on availability of on-campus placements. 



Application Deadlines  |  International Admission Requirements  |  Financial Aid / Cost to Attend 



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