Program Description

The goal of the Biology Graduate Program is to provide students with the research, critical-thinking and communication skills required for a successful career as a scientist.  The Biology Graduate Program is a joint program between the department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers-Newark and NJIT and offers degrees in Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  The MS program provides students with professional skills and knowledge which are necessary for advancing their careers in science and/or to pursue higher degrees in graduate or medical schools. The Ph.D. program is designed to provide students with interdisciplinary research training necessary for establishing independent research careers.  The students receive research training in the world-class laboratories of faculty in areas of cell biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, ecology and evolution. The Ph.D. program is arranged into three tracks (Cell and Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Ecology/Evolution), each with a core of faculty researchers.  Students choose from a wide variety of research topics in each track represented by the specialized interests of the faculty.  The MS program also offers research opportunities to students interested in experimental research training.

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General Information

Degree offered: MS (part-time and full-time)

Ph.D. (full-time only)


Degree credit requirements

MS (30 credits)

Bibliographic thesis: 27 course credits + 3 bibliographic research credits

Experimental thesis: 24 course credits + 6 experimental research credits


Ph.D. (60 credits)

36 course credits + 24 experimental research credits


Career Opportunities

Academia (research and/or teaching)

Research institutions

Industrial research

Government research


Scientific policy

Technology transfer


Application Requirements and Deadlines

All transcripts - GRE General - TOEFL (international students) - 3 letters of recommendation - Personal Statement (include description of previous research experience and current research interests)


MS deadline: August 1 for Fall admission and December 1 for Spring Admission

Ph.D deadline: December 15 for Fall admission.  No Spring admission accepted. 


Department of Biological Sciences

195 University Ave

Boyden Hall, Room 206


Dr. Haesun Kim, Graduate Program Director

Dr. Ching-On Wong, MS coordinator