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Effective September 1, 2021, the Department of Biology has been reorganized into three new departments.
Please go to our new websites for the most current information.


Graduate Programs


The Department of Biology at UTSA is a great place to participate in cutting edge research and earn your Master of Science degree and/or your Doctor of Philosophy degree. We have state of the art equipment and laboratories that lead to creation of knowledge through research. Our faculty are known state-wide and nationally for their professional and community contributions, as well as being quality teachers.

Please visit the UTSA Graduate School for the requirements and deadlines to apply to our programs. The main items in the application are:

  • Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study
  • Completed application form
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE score
  • TOEFL score (international applicants)
  • IELTS Score (international applicants)

All applications are processed by the Graduate School; however, the Biology Department is happy to provide advice to assist you in the preparation of your application. Please contact the Graduate Advisor of Record if you have any questions. Exceptional applicants may also qualify for a waiver of the application fee.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Master of Science

Biology and BiotechnologyDr. Valerie Sponsel

Doctor of Philosophy

Cell and Molecular BiologyDr. John McCarrey
NeuroscienceDr. Todd Troyer


Check out research conducted in the Department.

Click below for information about our M.S. programs:
» Biology
» Biotechnology

Click below for information about our Ph.D. programs:
» Cell and Molecular Biology
» Neuroscience



Learn more about our Graduate Programs.


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