2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Biology

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

These 24 colleges offer the most affordable online master's in biology programs. Ranked #1, Indiana State University charges $5,951 per year for their Master of Science in Biology without Thesis. Available courses include Animal Parasitology, Cell and Tissue Culture, Cellular Development, Genome Science, Introduction to Biometry, and Vertebrate Physiology. Ranked #2, Alcorn State University offers an annual tuition rate of just $6,885 for its Master of Science in Biology.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Indiana State University $5,951
# 2 #2 Alcorn State University $6,885
# 3 #3 Colorado State University-Fort Collins $7,050
# 4 #4 University of Florida $8,025
# 5 #5 University of Missouri $8,040
# 6 #6 University of Maryland - College Park $8,250
# 7 #7 Mississippi State University $8,313
# 8 (tie) #8 (tie) Troy University $8,892
# 8 (tie) #8 (tie) University of Nebraska at Kearney $8,892
# 10 #10 Washington State University $8,925
# 11 #11 Clemson University $8,982
# 12 #12 University of the Southwest $9,375
# 13 #13 West Liberty University $10,005
# 14 #14 Western Kentucky University $10,605
# 15 #15 University of Saint Joseph - CT $11,130
# 16 #16 Texas A&M University-Commerce $11,913
# 17 #17 Stevenson University $12,510
# 18 #18 University of West Alabama $15,444
# 19 #19 Texas A&M University-College Station $16,526
# 20 #20 The George Washington University $17,150
# 21 #21 Lehigh University $22,500
# 22 #22 North Carolina State University $23,310
# 23 #23 Illinois Institute of Technology $25,200
# 24 #24 Johns Hopkins University $27,888
#1
#1

Indiana State University

Terre Haute (IN)
Annual Tuition: $5,951
Annual Tuition: $5,951
Annual Tuition: $5,951
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1120
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,764
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 874
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (812) 237-6311

Example Classes: Animal Parasitology, Cell and Tissue Culture, Cellular Development, Genome Science, Introduction to Biometry, Vertebrate Physiology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Biology without Thesis (M.S.)
#2
#2

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State (MS)
Annual Tuition: $6,885
Annual Tuition: $6,885
Annual Tuition: $6,885
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Average SATs: 820 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 186
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 269
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (601) 877-6100

Example Classes: Advanced Environmental Biology, Advanced Histology, Advanced Invertebrate Zoology, Advanced Plant Physiology, Advanced Toxicology, Current Literature Topics in Biology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biology
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $7,050
Annual Tuition: $7,050
Annual Tuition: $7,050
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,248
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,209
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (970) 491-1101

Example Classes: Curriculum Development, Design and Data Analysis for Researchers, Evolutionary Biology for Educators

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
#4
#4

University of Florida

Gainesville (FL)
Annual Tuition: $8,025
Annual Tuition: $8,025
Annual Tuition: $8,025
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Average SATs: 1280 -1440
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,181
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,585
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (352) 392-3261

Example Classes: Advanced Molecular Virology, Fundamentals in Bioinformatics, Infectious Diseases, Journal Colloquy – Infectious Disease, Microbiology of Human Pathogens, Microbiology, Immunology, and Basis for Immuno-therapeutics

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Microbiology and Cell Science
  • MS in Microbiology and Cell Science - Medical Biology and Biochemistry
  • MS in Pharmacy - Forensic DNA and Serology
  • MS in Soil and Water Science
  • MS in Soil and Water Science - Environmental Science
#5
#5

University of Missouri

Columbia (MO)
Annual Tuition: $8,040
Annual Tuition: $8,040
Annual Tuition: $8,040
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 1090 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 679
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,236
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 882-2121

Example Classes: Advanced Small Animal Nutrition, Animal Issues in Disasters, Equine Clinical Anatomy: Forelimbs, Pathogenic Mechanisms in Veterinary Pathobiology, Research in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Topics in Veterinary Clinical Sciences: Surgical Pain Management

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biological Engineering
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences - Veterinary Sciences
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $8,250
Annual Tuition: $8,250
Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 74%
  • Graduation Rate: 86%
  • Acceptance Rate: 45%
  • Average SATs: 1290 -1470
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 21
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 928
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (301) 405-1000

Example Classes: Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, Biology of Cancer, Ecology and Global Change, Evolutionary Biology, Food Safety and Genetically Modified Foods, Modern Molecular Genetics

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Chemical and Life Sciences
  • Master of Engineering in Bioengineering
  • Master of Professional Studies in Applied Entomology
#7
#7

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State (MS)
Annual Tuition: $8,313
Annual Tuition: $8,313
Annual Tuition: $8,313
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1330
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 812
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 973
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (662) 325-2323

Example Classes: Bacterial Genetics, Bioinstrumentation, Eukaryotic Microbiology, Evolution, Human Genetics

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in General Biology
#8
#8

Troy University

Troy (AL)
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1145
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,492
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,056
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (334) 670-3100

Example Classes: Clinical Biochemistry, Environmental and Biological Ethics, Environmental Toxicology, Limnology, Population Ecology, Sustainable Development

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Environmental and Biological Science - Environmental Policy (Non-Thesis Option)
  • MS in Environmental and Biological Science (Non-Thesis Option)
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Average SATs: 935 -1120
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 376
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,621
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (308) 865-8441

Example Classes: Biological Research, Biological Statistics, Current Issues in Biology, Organic Evolution

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biology (Non-Thesis)
  • Master of Science in Education - Science/Math Education Program - Integrated Option: Biology
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1210
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,352
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 993
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (509) 335-3564

Example Classes: Analysis of Variance of Designed Experiments, Bioinformatics, Microbial Physiology, Protein Biotechnology, Science Information Literacy

Online Master's Degrees

  • Professional Science Master’s in Molecular Biosciences
#11
#11

Clemson University

Clemson (SC)
Annual Tuition: $8,982
Annual Tuition: $8,982
Annual Tuition: $8,982
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 83%
  • Acceptance Rate: 47%
  • Average SATs: 1220 -1400
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 101
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,285
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (864) 656-4636

Example Classes: Understanding Ecology and Ecosystems, Understanding Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, Understanding Scientific Communication, Understanding Scientific Research, Understanding the Human Body, Understanding Vertebrate Biology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences
  • Master of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources - Non-thesis
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $9,375
Annual Tuition: $9,375
Annual Tuition: $9,375
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 18%
  • Acceptance Rate: 35%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 83
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 534
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (575) 392-6561

Example Classes: Advanced Criminal Investigations, Ethics and Professional Issues in Forensic Science, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic DNA Analysis, Molecular Genetics, Statistics in Forensic Science

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS Biology in Genetics
  • MS Biology in Forensic Biology
#13
#13

West Liberty University

West Liberty (WV)
Annual Tuition: $10,005
Annual Tuition: $10,005
Annual Tuition: $10,005
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Average SATs: 820 -1300
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 23
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 110
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (304) 336-5000

Example Classes: Advanced Animal Nutrition, Advanced Zoo Animal Behavior, Graduate Zoo Mammalogy, Graduate Zoo Ornithology, Quantitative Biological Techniques, Zoo Conservation

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Biology - Zoo Science
  • Master of Science in Biology - Zoo Science
#14
#14

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green (KY)
Annual Tuition: $10,605
Annual Tuition: $10,605
Annual Tuition: $10,605
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,383
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,192
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (270) 745-0111

Example Classes: Advanced Marine Biology, Biological Applications in Homeland Security, Chemical Ecology, Environmental Science Concepts, Evolution and Ecological Genetics, Investigations/Biology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education - Middle Grades Education for Teacher Leaders - Environmental Education
  • Master of Arts in Education - Secondary Education for Teacher Leaders - Environmental Education
  • Master of Science in Biology - Non Thesis
#15
#15

University of Saint Joseph - CT

West Hartford (CT)
Annual Tuition: $11,130
Annual Tuition: $11,130
Annual Tuition: $11,130
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1210
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 219
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (860) 232-4571

Example Classes: Animal Behavior, Genomics, Neuroscience, Ornithology, Parasitology, Pharmacology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biochemistry (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Biochemistry (Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Biology (Non-Thesis)
  • Master of Science in Biology (Thesis)
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $11,913
Annual Tuition: $11,913
Annual Tuition: $11,913
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 35%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,736
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,503
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (888) 868-2682

Example Classes: Behavior and Conservation, Developmental Biology, Human Physiology, Pharmacology, Vertebrate Endocrinology, Vertebrate Zoology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Non-Thesis)
  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Thesis)
#17
#17

Stevenson University

Stevenson (MD)
Annual Tuition: $12,510
Annual Tuition: $12,510
Annual Tuition: $12,510
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 253
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (410) 486-7000

Example Classes: DNA Analysis, Forensic DNA Computer Apps, Forensic Science or Forensic Studies Elective, Serology & Immunology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Forensic Science - Biology
#18
#18

University of West Alabama

Livingston (AL)
Annual Tuition: $15,444
Annual Tuition: $15,444
Annual Tuition: $15,444
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 30%
  • Acceptance Rate: 28%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1020
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 458
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,916
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (205) 652-3400

Example Classes: Conservation Biology, Critical Issues in Conservation Biology, Research Design and Data Analysis, Teaching College Biology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Conservation Biology
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $16,526
Annual Tuition: $16,526
Annual Tuition: $16,526
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Average SATs: 1170 -1380
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 44
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 927
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (979) 845-3211

Example Classes: Aquaculture, History of Ecological Thought and Conservation Practice, Urban Wildlife and Fisheries, Wetland Ecology and Pollution, Wildlife Restoration, Wildlife Study Design and Analysis

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Engineering in Biological and Agricultural Engineering - Food Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Engineering in Biological and Agricultural Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Plant Breeding (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Plant Breeding (Thesis Option)
  • Master of Wildlife Science (Non-Thesis Option)
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $17,150
Annual Tuition: $17,150
Annual Tuition: $17,150
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • Acceptance Rate: 41%
  • Average SATs: 1280 -1460
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,434
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,314
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (202) 994-1000

Example Classes: Advanced Parasitology and Mycology, Biostatistics for Clinical & Translational Research, Epidemiology for Clinical & Translational Research, Medical Biotechnology, Microbial Pathogenesis, Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity

Online Master's Degrees

  • MSHS in Clinical Microbiology
#21
#21

Lehigh University

Bethlehem (PA)
Annual Tuition: $22,500
Annual Tuition: $22,500
Annual Tuition: $22,500
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 70%
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • Acceptance Rate: 25%
  • Average SATs: 1270 -1450
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 296
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (610) 758-3000

Example Classes: Cellular Basis of Human Disease, Eukaryotic Signal Transduction, Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Organisms, Molecular Genetics, Structure and Function of RNAs and Ribonucleoprotein Complexes, Techniques in Cell and Molecular Biology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Engineering in Biological Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Molecular Biology - Non-Thesis Option
  • Master of Science in Molecular Biology - Thesis Option
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $23,310
Annual Tuition: $23,310
Annual Tuition: $23,310
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 70%
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Average SATs: 1250 -1390
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 798
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,188
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (919) 515-2011

Example Classes: Advanced Reproductive Physiology & Biotechnology, Biochemistry of Gene Expression, Energy Metabolism, Nutritional Biochemistry, Selection of Domestic Animals

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Animal Science
#23
#23
Annual Tuition: $25,200
Annual Tuition: $25,200
Annual Tuition: $25,200
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1220 -1400
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 20
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 254
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (312) 567-3000

Example Classes: Bioinformatics, Current Topics in Functional Genomics, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology of Cells, Toxicology, Virology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Master of Science in Biology for the Health Professions (Dual Degree)
  • Master of Science in Biology for the Health Professions
#24
#24

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore (MD)
Annual Tuition: $27,888
Annual Tuition: $27,888
Annual Tuition: $27,888
  • Online Degrees: 12
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 70%
  • Graduation Rate: 93%
  • Acceptance Rate: 13%
  • Average SATs: 1450 -1560
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 850
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 16,594
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (410) 516-8000

Example Classes: Epidemiologic Inference, Health Biology Thesis, Malariology, Molecular Toxicology, Public Health Toxicology, Stem Cells and the Biology of Aging and Disease

Online Master's Degrees

  • Dual MS in Biotechnology/Flexible MBA in Financial Businesses
  • Dual MS in Biotechnology/Flexible MBA in Health Care Management
  • Dual MS in Biotechnology/Flexible MBA in Leading Organizations
  • Dual MS in Biotechnology/Flexible MBA in Marketing
  • MA in Public Health Biology
  • MS in Biotechnology - Biodefense