Integrative Biology


Marketable Skills & Cutting-Edge Research

Build a strong career path in biology with hands-on, advanced research that will prepare you for professional studies, doctoral work, or employment in a variety of fields, including medicine, biotech, conservation, and education. Choose either a Master of Science (MS) or Master of Arts (MA) in Biology, with a concentration in marine and freshwater biology or cell and molecular biology. Our faculty’s research interests range from cell and developmental biology to parasitology, endocrinology, and the scholarship of teaching, so you can individualize your training depending on your interests.

Program Highlights

Program Details

Visit the Hofstra campus or connect with the graduate admission team. We will answer your questions and put you in touch with program faculty or degree candidates to learn more. Contact us at or call 516-463-4723.

MS and MA in Biology Programs

To be considered for the Biology graduate programs, you must have a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) in biology or a closely related discipline and have completed courses in:

  • Anatomy
  • Chemistry (2 years)
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Mathematics (1 year)
  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Physics (1 year)
  • Physiology

Start your application online where you can upload the following documents:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. You may initially submit unofficial copies of your transcripts for your application review online, but official transcripts will be required once you are accepted into the program.
  • GRE and MCAT scores are now optional
  • Two letters of reference addressing your potential for graduate studies.
  • Written statement about your reasons for pursuing this graduate degree, your research interests, and career goals.

If you are a current Hofstra student interested in pursuing the undergraduate/graduate dual-degree program, please contact your academic advisor. Direct any additional questions to

International students: Please review additional admission requirements.

Apply to the Biology graduate programs at Hofstra at any time with our rolling admissions policy.

MS in Biology

An MS in Biology is awarded to students who successfully complete 30 semester hours of coursework. Visit the program page to learn more.

MA in Biology

An MA in Biology is awarded to students who successfully complete 33 semester hours of coursework. Visit the program page to learn more.

Faculty Profiles

Jason D. Williams

Dr. Jason D. Williams, Professor, studies the biology of marine invertebrates, particularly the symbioses between hermit crabs and commensal polychaete worms, barnacles and parasitic isopods. His investigations involve taxonomic work to expand our knowledge of the biodiversity of these groups and research to fill in the wide gaps in our understanding of their natural history.

Meet Dr. Williams

Javier Izquierdo

Javier Izquierdo, PhD, assistant professor of biology, is a microbiologist on a mission - to understand and improve local plant health and produce sustainable biofuels from agricultural wastes. His work is focused on exploring the metabolic diversity and application of microbial processes. He uses cross-disciplinary approaches that incorporate microbiological, ecological, evolutionary, molecular and genomic techniques to understand the contributions of plant microbiomes to the health of their host and discover new microbial processes for the sustainable production of biofuels and bioproducts.

Meet Dr. Izquierdo

Nicholas Santangelo

Nicholas Santangelo, assistant professor of biology, earned his PhD from Lehigh University. The aim of his research is to understand behavior from an environmental and evolutionary perspective, and a physiological hormonal perspective. With a focus on fish, the specific behaviors he focuses on include courtship, breeding, aggression, and parental care in both the laboratory and field. In addition, Dr. Santangelo is interested in understanding organisms in their natural environment and to aid ongoing conservation efforts.

Jason D. Williams
Javier Izquierdo
Nicholas Santangelo

Take the Next Step

How to Apply

Earn the professional recognition and personal achievement you seek with a graduate degree from Hofstra University. Whether you study online or on campus, full or part time, you will benefit from small class settings with nationally recognized faculty and a community of peers all contributing to a transformative learning experience. Questions? Call 516-463-4723 or email our graduate admission team at