Graduate Program in Biology: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

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Graduate Program in Biology


General Overview

The Ph.D. Program in Biology is a joint program between the departments of Biological Sciences at Rutgers-Newark and at the New Jersey Institute of technology (NJIT).  The Program is arranged into three tracks, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology/Evolution and Neurobiology, each instructed by a core of faculty researchers.

Rutgers-Newark houses the Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) track and the program is designed to provide students with critical-thinking, communication skills and interdisciplinary research training that are necessary for establishing independent research careers. The students receive research training in the world-class laboratories of faculty in areas of cell biology, cellular and molecular neuroscience, epigenetics, cancer biology, stem cell biology, gastrointestinal biology and cellular metabolism. 


Typical Ph.D. Student Progression

  Year 1: Rotation 1 and Rotation 2, Course works

  Year 2: Course works, Dissertation research, Qualifying Exam

  Year 3: Thesis prospectus, Thesis committee meetings, Dissertation research, 

  Year 4: Dissertation research, Thesis committee meetings

  Year 5-6: Dissertation research, Thesis committee meetings, Dissertation defense


Ph.D. credit requirements

Total 60 credits: minimum 24 course credits + minimum 30 research credits

Completion of research dissertation


Funding opportunities for Ph.D. students

Most of the full-time Ph.D. students in the Biology Graduate Program receive funding either in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistanship or Research Assistanships, which provide a stipend, full tuition remission and health insurance.  Ph.D. students also have opportunities to apply for various fellowships at the local, state and federal levels. 


Application Requirements and Deadlines

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

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



Questions?: Dr. Haesun Kim, Graduate Program Director