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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. Diego Loayza
Contact Information

The general application deadline for the Fall 2023 term is extended until May 1, 2023

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 - College & University Transcripts
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  • 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 TOEFL/IELTS. The following minimum scores must be obtained:
      • TOEFL iBT: 80/ Paper Based Test: 550/ Computer Administered Test: 213
      • IELTS: 6.5 Overall Band Score

Additional Information:

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

Virtual Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 10AM - 5PM

Friday 10AM - 3PM

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

Please direct all inquiries via:

Telephone: (212) 396-6049


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