Biological Sciences (MS) Tuition and Aid

Here you will find tuition and fees, as well as options and opportunities to pay for your graduate education. 

2023-2024 Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fee rates for the 2023-2024 academic year are outlined below. If your program is longer than one academic year, your tuition and fee rates in future years may increase. Your costs may also be different if you enroll in a different number of units each semester than the tracks outlined below.

For questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid. Also, review our financial aid and business services policies.

Full-Time Track


Semester Fall 1 Spring 1 Fall 2 Spring 2 Totals
Tuition Rate Per Unit* $1,130 $1,130 $1,130 $1,130  
Enrollment 9 units 9 units 9 units 9 units 36 units
Total Tuition $10,170 $10,170 $10,170 $10,170 $40,680
Campus Comp Fee $210 $210 $210 $210 $840
Technology Fee $50 $50 $50 $50 $200
Total Cost $10,430 $10,430 $10,430 $10,430 $41,720

Half-Time Track 

Semester Fall 1 Spring 1 Fall 2 Spring 2 Fall 3 Spring 3 Totals
Tuition Rate
Per Unit*
$1,130 $1,130 $1,130 $1,130 $1,130 $1,130  
Enrollment 6 units 6 units 6 units 6 units 6 units 6 units 36 units
Total Tuition $6,780 $6,780 $6,780 $6,780 $6,780 $6,780 $40,680
Comp Fee
$210 $210 $210 $210 $210 $210 $1,260
Technology Fee $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $300
Total Cost $7,040 $7,040 $7,040 $7,040 $7,040 $7,040 $42,240

Did you know that some research opportunities can cover the majority of the cost of the program? Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to learn more. 

For questions about the cost of tuition, contact the Office of Financial Aid. Also, please review our financial aid and business services policies.

Financial Aid: Scholarships, Grants, Loans and Work-Study

There are many ways to afford a graduate education. Here are just a few: 

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. 

Scholarships Eligibility Requirement Amount
Academic Excellence Scholarship 3.55 - 4.0 GPA 30% of tuition
Departmental Scholarship 3.35 - 3.54 GPA 20% of tuition
Graduate Scholarship 3.25 - 3.34 GPA 10% of tuition

How to Apply

Master of Science in Biological Sciences graduate students who are conducting research in a lab at Dominican with Dominican faculty are eligible for Graduate Merit Scholarships. 

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

  • Students must be conducting research in a Dominican lab with Dominican faculty.
  • Scholarships are awarded based on the grade point average (GPA) of the last 60 units earned by the student as determined at the time of admission.
  • Scholarships are renewable for up to two additional years beyond the first year of award, provided the student continues to meet the terms and conditions.
  • Students must complete all courses attempted (grades of I, F, UF, and W do not represent a completed course).

  • Students must maintain continuous enrollment at Dominican. If a student stops out or takes a Leave of Absence for more than one term, they are no longer eligible for the scholarship.

  • Students who are completing a combined undergraduate and graduate program at Dominican, such as a 4+1 or Dual/Dual Program, are not eligible.

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships. 

Federal loans are available to help graduate students meet the cost of attending Dominican. Most graduate students are eligible for up to $20,500 each award year in Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. Additional federal and private loans are available if needed.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a FAFSA and a Dominican Financial Aid Application. Federal loans will be included in your financial aid award. 

Learn about what types of loans are available on the Graduate Loans page.

Work-Study is an optional form of self-help aid that allows students to apply for on-campus employment (or off-campus work with one of our community service partners) to earn extra money toward their college expenses. 

How to Apply

To be considered for Federal Work-Study, submit a FAFSA and contact the Office of Financial Aid. To learn about other opportunities, visit our Work-Study page.