Graduate Program

The Biology Department at NYU offers an integrated environment where students can pursue cutting edge research with award-winning faculty. We are located in Greenwich Village, the best neighborhood in the world's most influential city. Our students are encouraged, in addition to their academic science training, to take advantage of all that NYC has to offer, including interacting with the legal, entertainment, pharma, world-health, and tech industries. We offer PhD and Masters degree training programs at NYU’s Biology Department and the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, as well as unique Global Opportunities for study at NYU’s Portal Campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. 

Areas of Research Specialization

Training Opportunities

Students are encouraged to build their own course curricula and research plans and will have opportunities for collaborations with other departments and institutes, including NYU's Chemistry and Physics departments, the Sackler Institute at the NYU Langone Medical School, the Center for Neural Science, the Courant Institute for Mathematical Science, and the New York Genome Center.

Teaching Opportunities

Students also will be provided with opportunities to gain teaching experiences by working as teaching assistants in courses offered by the department. Compensation for teaching is in addition to the normal PhD program stipend.

The PhD Training program

This full-time Doctor of Philosophy Program in Biology (with a guaranteed paid stipend for living expenses), is designed to develop independent research scientists. Students undertake independent research under the guidance of faculty sponsors and have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, sophisticated instrumentation and advanced computer facilities, and extensive library and e-journal holdings. Weekly pre-doctoral colloquia enable students to present their own work to a broad audience, while symposiums and seminars by distinguished visitors, speaking on a variety of topics, add breadth to the educational programs offered by the department.

The MS Training program

The Master of Science degree program, designed for full-time and part-time students, provides a comprehensive foundation in modern biology. Specialized master's-level tracks in biological sciences, bioinformatics and systems biology, oral biology, and recombinant DNA technology are available.

The M.S./M.B.A. program, offered jointly by the Graduate School of Arts and Science and the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, leads to an M.S. degree in biology (GSAS) and an M.B.A. (Stern). This program meets a need for academic preparation and training of scientist-managers and research directors for the biotechnology and pharmacology industry, academic industrial liaison personnel, and investment specialists for the financial sector.

Global Opportunities

Students entering NYU’s Graduate Program in Biology will have the option to participate in opportunities to perform thesis research projects at NYU’s global sites in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and Shanghai (NYUSH). NYUAD and NYUSH Global Ph.D. Student Fellows complete their coursework in New York, and pursue one or more semesters of research in Abu Dhabi.