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Graduate students in our department work closely with faculty to explore significant scientific questions.

Preparation for the Future

If you want a dynamic and cutting-edge environment to pursue research in the biological sciences, look no further. Our department attracts outstanding students and faculty who are interested in solving the diverse and important  challenges that affect our lives and our world. Our graduates leave prepared for prestigious and exciting careers in research, industry and academia.

We have more than 15 degrees available at the master’s and doctoral levels in seven program areas. Financial support is available through many of our programs; consult the individual program pages for more information. There, you will also find application requirements and other program-specific information.

Explore our offerings to find the one that’s right for you.

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Do you want to join our department? Completing the NC State Graduate School’s online application is your first step.


Discoveries That Matter

Research is key to the graduate experience in the Department of Biological Sciences. Our commitment to groundbreaking discovery is evident in our $9 million annual research expenditures and our investments in cutting-edge facilities and research resources. And with its location in the state’s capital and near the vibrant Research Triangle Park, NC State is perfectly situated with access to abundant resources and expertise to support scientific research.

Our master’s and doctoral students work alongside award-winning faculty in the lab and in the field to solve mysteries that matter. They study everything from the intricacies of genetic material at the cellular level to the evolution and behavior of the largest life forms. And they make discoveries that inform us about both history and the future.