The majority of graduate programs are NOT impacted by recent government announcements about tuition increases.

PhD students from the rest of Canada will continue to pay Quebec fees.
International PhD fees will see the same 3% increase as Quebec fees.

Biology (M.Sc.)

Program Description

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Biology (Thesis) offered by the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science is a research-intensive program that emphasizes challenging and thorough learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in critical reading, data collection, and scientific communication to either continue their studies or pursue professional opportunities.

The program may also be taken as one of the following options:

Environment option: is offered in collaboration with the Bieler School of Environment, the program considers how various dimensions (scientific, social, legal, ethical) interact to define environment and sustainability issues.

Neotropical Environment option: is aimed at students who wish to focus their graduate research on environmental issues relevant to the Neotropics and Latin American countries. Students will complete their research in Latin America and their core and complementary courses will be taught in Panama.

Unique Program Features

  • The program allows students considerable flexibility in their choice of research and coursework while encouraging cross-disciplinary thinking. Both Canadian and international students may receive financial support and eligible students can fast-track to the PhD;
  • A student may either enroll in one of the specialized options or they may choose a project in one of the Department’s research focus areas: Conservation, Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; and Neurobiology and Behaviour;
  • Students benefit from access to state-of-the-art infrastructure in the Stewart Biology Building and Bellini Life Science Complex, as well as excellent field facilities such as the McGill University Phytotron, the Advanced BioImaging Facility (ABIF), the Gault Nature Reserve, the Penfield Nature Conservancy on Lake Memphrémagog, the McGill Subarctic Research Station at Schefferville, the Bellairs Research Institute, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

MSc in Biology website

Department Contact

Graduate Program ancil.gittens [at] (subject: MSc%20in%20Biology) (email)

Available Intakes



Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 March 15
WINTER February 15 August 1 November 10

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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