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Graduate Program in Biology
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