Global Masters in Biological Sciences

Earn your biology BS and MS in an accelerated, international program

The Department of Biology provides access to DU's five-year Global Masters Scholars program, carried out in Denver over the first three years and at a partner university abroad for the final two years. Working with DU's Office of Internationalization, our faculty advises students through rigorous coursework, preparing them for research-focused experiences at home and overseas.

Currently, we have active partnerships with Lund University in Sweden and the University of Western Australia, with other opportunities abroad in development.


Applications to the Global Master's program are due October 15 each year. 

To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be working toward a bachelor's of science (BS) in biology.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA at the time of application (October of sophomore year).
  • Maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA through their junior year until time of departure.

In addition, students must meet DU's standard study-abroad and exchange requirements. To find out if you are on the right path to qualify, contact our program faculty advisor Dr. Shannon Murphy.

Global Partners

Lund University
Lund University

Biological sciences faculty expertise at DU and Lund is naturally aligned in the areas of ecology, neuroscience, neurodegenerative disease, cancer, diabetes and aging.

Lund Application

university of western australia
University of Western Australia

Our partnership with University of Western Australia allows students to pursue a Global Masters in either biological sciences or biotechnology.

UWA Biological Sciences Application

UWA Biotechnology Application

Timeline Overview

  • Sophomore Year, Fall

    Applications are due on the 15th.

    Interview with program faculty advisor, Dr. Shannon Murphy, professor of biological sciences.

  • Sophomore Year, Winter and Spring

    Interview with Lund representatives via Skype.

    Admission to the program announced via letter from DU's Office of Internationalization.

    Assessment with biological sciences program faculty advisor and DU's academic advising office to finalize junior year class schedule, check general curriculum requirements and ensure student is on course to meet all requirements for major and minor degree options by the end of their junior year. 

  • Junior Year, Fall

    Maintain a 3.5 GPA across all courses.

  • Junior Year, Winter and Spring

    Begin transfer application for Global Master's through the study abroad office.

    Finalize transfer application; apply for visas.

    Finish all required coursework due by the end of spring quarter. 

  • Senior Year, Fall

    Travel abroad to complete your BS and embark on your Global Master's (MS) degree!