Master of Science in biomimicry – online

The Master of Science in biomimicry is designed for working professionals primarily in the fields of biology, design, business and engineering, who want to make the practice of biomimicry central to their careers.

Applicants to the MS program typically are not interested in additional graduate work in their primary disciplines. Rather, students will have the opportunity to apply their existing disciplinary knowledge to the practice and advancement of biomimicry.

There is rapidly growing demand for biomimicry practitioners in industry. Graduates of the MS program will be able to:

  • Lead in-house implementation of biomimicry across a variety of applications.
  • Initiate or transform a consulting practice in the field of biomimicry.
  • Incorporate biomimicry into education for the next generation of biomimics.
  • Develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the most pressing global challenges.

We expect graduates from the program to transform the ways in which we conduct business, design buildings and products, run governments, provide healthcare, manufacture goods, grow food and educate future generations.

If you have determined this is the right program for you, we highly recommend you contact an enrollment coach through the “Request information” button at ASU Online to assist with the application process.

Program details

The MS in biomimicry is offered through ASU’s College of Global Futures. All coursework is delivered completely online in conjunction with Biomimicry 3.8—the internationally recognized leaders in the field.

* Acceptance notification dates are valid only for applications submitted with all materials (i.e. application, letters of reference, transcripts, TOEFL (if applicable), and supplemental questions) by the application deadline.

MS deadlines

Semester of enrollmentEarly application deadlineEarly acceptance notificationRegular application deadlineRegular acceptance notification
FallJune 1June 21July 7August 1
SpringNovember 1November 21December 7December 21
SummerMarch 1March 21April 7May 1

*For applicants who miss the deadline, new applications released from Graduate Admissions will be reviewed every two weeks. While applications may be processed after the deadline, there are no guarantees that notice will be provided in time to enroll in that semester.

Biomimicry graduate program handbooks

For more detailed information about the programs, you can review the current and past program handbooks.

Current students are responsible for abiding to the policies noted in the handbook of the academic year in which they are admitted into the program.

BMY graduate program handbook 2016-2017

BMY graduate program handbook 2017-2018

BMY graduate program handbook 2018-2019

BMY graduate program handbook 2019-2020

BMY graduate program handbook 2020-2021

BMY graduate program handbook 2021-2022

BMY graduate program handbook 2022-2023

BMY graduate program handbook 2023-2024

Learning objectives

  • Represent the field of biomimicry in the world through demonstrated thought leadership.
  • Build a network of collaborators in biomimicry from various disciplines.
  • Integrate biomimicry thinking into any opportunity resulting in biomimetic outcomes.
  • Summarize the fundamentals of the fields of biology, design, engineering and business and their relevance to biomimicry.
  • Integrate Life’s Principles into a wide array of applications.
  • Facilitate the integration of biology into design using biomimicry thinking.
  • Guide design and engineering processes towards sustainability.
  • Apply systems thinking to challenges and opportunities.
  • Communicate and work across disciplines to facilitate the practice of biomimicry.
  • Interpret observations in nature with a functional lens.
  • Create and perform outstanding biomimicry presentations.
  • Create and execute meaningful learning experiences on biomimicry.

The MS program expands on the coursework for the graduate certificate in biomimicry. Of the 15 credits associated with the certificate program, 13 are eligible for credit towards the MS.