Director’s Welcome

Graduate Student
Welcome to the Graduate Program in Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). The Department of Biological Sciences offers Doctoral and Master of Science degree programs covering a wide breadth of Biology that include Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB that includes neuroscience and developmental biology); Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (EEB); and Microbiology. Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty train students in a wide range of research areas within each of these sub-disciplines, and provide a host of opportunities for incoming graduate students for specialization in their area of interest. Student training is focused on research design, critical analysis of data, and development of effective written and oral communication skills. Both the thesis M.S. and the Ph.D. are research degrees and thus our students are expected to publish significant original contributions to the field. Interdisciplinary programs with other departments within the university are also available. We also offer a non-thesis M.S. degree that is coursework intensive. We welcome interdisciplinary students from related areas such as chemistry/biochemistry, psychology, medical sciences, math and freshwater science. Our students receive rigorous training in both research and teaching that prepares them for successful careers in academia, industry, or government. Funding is available to all our graduate students in the form of research or teaching assistantships.

I invite you to explore what our graduate programs have to offer. If you would like more information about our graduate program please see the MS (Non-thesis Track), MS (Thesis Track), or PhD guidelines or contact us at and our team will be happy to assist you with any questions that you may have.