Contiguous BS/MS Program

The Division of Biological Sciences offers a contiguous program leading to a Master of Science Degree in Biology for current UCSD undergraduate students who are enrolled in any of the 8 Biology majors.

Qualified students can earn the MS degree within 3-5 quarters following receipt of the BS degree. Students enrolled in this program receive an advanced research experience by completing at least six contiguous quarters of biological research in one of the excellent research labs at UCSD. In addition, the BS/MS students complete 12 units of graduate-level courses in Biology, Medicine, or other disciplines related to their thesis project. Students complete their degree requirements by writing and defending a Master's thesis.

Please be sure to review all of the information on the Prospective BS/MS Students page. Interested students should contact the BS/MS Coordinator in the Biology Student & Instructional Services Office before the end of their junior year. For students who have already started their senior year, make sure to contact the BS/MS Coordinator, Jeannette Fox through the Virtual Advising Center as soon as possible!

Important Note:

The Contiguous BS/MS Program is open to UCSD Biology undergraduates only.

The Division of Biological Sciences does not provide financial support for students enrolled in this program. See the Tuition, Fees & Funding page.

What's New?

Please Consider Making Your Defense a Public Defense!

Having a public thesis defense is a terrific public speaking and networking opportunity, and adds to the collective scientific knowledge within the BS/MS community. To make your defense a public defense, please send an email including the date, time, and location of your thesis defense, as well as your thesis title, to the BS/MS Coordinator, Jeannette Fox at A flyer announcing your thesis defense will be sent to the MS students and BS/MS thesis advisors. Your fellow students will thank you for the opportunity to learn from your experience!

Publication Opportunity for Biology MS Students!

In response to past inquiries from faculty members and MS students, the Saltman Quarterly now welcomes brevia letters from students currently enrolled in the MS portion of the Biology Contiguous BS/MS program, and also from recent graduates. This is an exciting opportunity for MS students to publish their current research findings, and will not preclude the future publication of their research in other scientific journals. SQ accepts both finished and in-progress research. To be eligible for selection, in-progress research must include significant preliminary findings at the time of submission. Brevia letters provide a brief overview of the student's independent biological research and are limited to 300-500 words and must include one graphic figure (table, graph, picture, etc.). Please see the SQ website for details.

Biological Sciences MS GSA Representative

Yuya Fujita has been elected by his peers to serve as the Biological Sciences MS student representative to the UCSD Graduate Student Association (GSA). He will serve as the GSA rep for the 2018-2019 academic year. Congratulations, Yuya!