Biology, Master of Science

Fall Admissions Deadline: May 1st
Spring Admissions Deadline: November 15th

The MS in Biology program prepares students for careers or further postgraduate training in biology and related fields. Prospective students are expected to have a strong undergraduate background in the sciences and a desire to perform research. Students will be considered for admission generally during their junior year after they meet the requirements for admission to the Biology major and have finished three of the six required core Biology courses for this program. 

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Empowering Innovations in Science and Beyond: Only Here at CCNY

Millions of dollars in federally funded grants fuel students/faculty research collaborations. 

Research interests include spatial patterns of biodiversity in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest, bacterial genetics, and more.

Publications in top-tier journals such as Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Departmental partnership with the American Museum of National History and other New York City institutions.

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Student Info

Biology Students

Not all entering students have research experience. Indeed, many do not know what area they want to pursue when they first enroll. Our students have the opportunity to co-author publications. Most students pursue MD or PhD degrees; others work as research or laboratory technicians, at museums, government, or nonprofit organizations, or teach primary or secondary school science.

Faculty Info

All 18 Biology department faculty have PhDs, with expertise in a wide array of biological science, spanning molecular, cellular, and developmental biology as well as ecology & evolution and neuroscience. Faculty research includes spatial patterns of biodiversity in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest; molecular genetics of retinal cell fate, bacterial genetics, and brain control of learned behaviors. 

Biology Club

Curricular Innovation

The MS in Biology program collaborates with Biomedical Engineering as well as the CUNY School of Medicine with whom we share core facilities including the the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center and New York Structural Biology Center here on the City College campus.The MS in Biology degree offers coursework in a wide range of topics and the option to pursue either a research thesis track or a non-thesis comprehensive exam track in order to earn the MS degree.


Admissions Facts

Total Credits: 30-34

GRE Required: No

Minimum Language Test Scores: 550 (TOEFL PBT), 79-80 (TOEFL IBT), 6.5 (IELTS), 53 (PTE) or 100 (Duolingo)

Degree Awarded: M.S.

Supporting Documents Required:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement

Eligibility: All entering students should have completed the following courses in science with at least a B average:

  • 16 credits in Biology
  • 8 credits in General Chemistry
  • 4 credits in Organic Chemistry
  • 8 credits in Physics
  • 8 credits in Calculus and/or Physics

Program Advisor:     Prof. Mark Pezzano

For more information, please visit the Program Website.


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Last Updated: 12/05/2023 13:20