Combined BS/MS Program

Biology Lab

Accelerate Your Learning

The BS/MS Program in Biology provides exceptional students with the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate bachelor's and a graduate master's degree in five years. The program is excellent preparation for any student interested in pursuing further graduate or professional work.

An Unmatched Research Experience

Students engage in research early in the Program, beginning with lab rotations and culminating in an MS thesis research project conducted during the third, fourth and fifth years.

Students completing the program acquire the discipline and rigor necessary for taking on an increasingly independent role in research. The program allows students the opportunity to spend more time on an extended research project than a typical two-year MS program—increasing the likelihood they will publish research in a peer-reviewed journal.

Students can also participate in extracurricular activities and international study programs during their undergraduate years. Students should discuss options with their advisor and thesis mentor.

Admissions Requirements

Admission for the BS/MS Program is competitive. Applicants should have advanced placement credit in biology or college level introductory biology, and must complete some additional steps in the application process (please see admission requirements).

What We Offer

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The undergraduate Major in Biology at Villanova

The undergraduate Minor in Biology

Villanova's affiliated programs in the Health Professions

The undergraduate program features advanced course work that provides exposure to the primary literature and research in diverse areas of faculty expertise. Qualified students are encouraged to undertake research with mentors who are teacher-scholars in a variety of biological subdisciplines.