Biology (MS)

COVID-19 Update

Our operational status

Classes for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 are a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid modalities. We recommend email and/or Canvas as the best way to reach faculty and instructors. Academic departments are minimally staffed.

For more information: UWL's COVID-19 info hub

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.

Drone picture of UWL

Need additional info?

Contact our graduate program director