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Biological Sciences

Program Overview:

Degree Offered: MA (30 credits)
Fall Application Deadline: April 1
Spring Application Deadline: November 1
Graduate Advisor

Prof. Maria Figueiredo-Pereira


Graduate Advisor
Prof. Olorunseun Ogunwobi
Graduate Advisor
Prof. Thomas Schmidt-Glenewinkel

Applicants who have completed all or part of their university studies in a non-US institution and/or require student visas must submit their applications no later than February 1  to be considered for Fall admission and September 15 to be considered for Spring admission.

Admission Requirements:

You must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission.  Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College.
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.8.
  • Additionally you must have completed the following requirements: An undergraduate major in biology, botany, physiology, zoology, chemistry, physics or other appropriate discipline. A minimum of 18 credits in the area of specialization should be presented. Chemistry or physics majors must offer at least one year of appropriate life science for admissions to any of the majors in the MA program in Biological Sciences. One year of organic chemistry, including laboratory, one year of college physics and one year of calculus.
  • Official score report of the GRE (For information on taking the GRE, visit Effective as of the Fall 2018 term, the GRE will not be required.
  • Two letters of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional references
  • A statement of purpose of approximately 500 words describing your objectives in undertaking graduate study. In reviewing applications, considerable importance is placed on the applicant’s interest in and commitment to advanced study and professional development.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who have taken all or part of their undergraduate education in a country where English is not the native language are required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The following minimum scores must be obtained:
      • Paper Based Test: 550
      • Computer Administered Test: 213
      • Internet Based Test: 60 (less speaking component) 

For information on taking the TOEFL, visit  For information on submitting your TOEFL scores as part of your application visit Submitting TOEFL scores.

Additional Information:

For additional program information, visit the Department of Biological Sciences website.



Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the graduate admissions team is working remotely

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Thursday 10:00AM- 5:00PM

Friday 10:00AM-3:00PM

Please direct all inquiries to: Email ; Telephone (212) 396-6049

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