Program Details

M.A. degree program in biology
HEGIS code 0401
NYS SED program code 01987

This master of arts program offers advanced instruction and research in many areas of biology. The degree program includes lectures, colloquia, seminars, and may include laboratory work, and fieldwork. Thesis research may be conducted in one of the department's many laboratories, where faculty and students study cell, molecular, developmental, and behavioral biology. This degree prepares students to work in laboratories in academia as well as in biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies, and government laboratories within agencies such as the EPA or FDA. It also provides master's-level training for biology teachers. Students receiving the research-based degree are well prepared to go on to earn their doctorate. The CUNY Ph.D. prepares students to teach at the college level and perform independent research in academia as well as in industrial and governmental labs.

Program Heads

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Forest, Charlene Graduate Deputy 718-951-5396 203 Ingersoll Extension clforest @ brooklyn.cuny.edu call/email for appointment

 

Admission Requirements

Department Biology
Fall Application Deadline August 1st
Spring Application Deadline December 15th
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit to the Office of Admissions: official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, two letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Interview may be required.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 500, 173, 61
Examinations

 

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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must offer adequate preparation in the following, with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher: a minimum of 8 credits of introductory biology; an appropriate general physics course; two terms of organic chemistry; and a minimum of two advanced courses selected from the following areas of study: botany, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy, ecology, evolution, general physiology, or genetics.
The Biology Department's graduate admission committee selects candidates to be admitted to the program. An interview may be required of applicants. Candidates must submit 2 letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."
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Degree requirements
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Thirty credits are required for the degree. Students must complete 21 credits in courses in the Biology Department.

Students may fulfill requirements for the MA through either of the following plans. Student's applications must indicate whether they are applying to the research or library thesis based program.
Plan A: A research-based thesis degree
This degree is designed to prepare students for a research career and prepare students to move on to the Ph.D. or to prepare students for a research-based technical career.

The following courses are required: BIOL 7991G, BIOL 7100, BIOL 7050 and a minimum of 3 courses from the following list: BIOL 7005, BIOL 7141, BIOL 7503, BIOL 7007 or additional courses approved by the graduate deputy. Students must submit a research thesis and presentation acceptable to the department. No more than 2 credits in Biology 7910G may be counted toward the degree.
With permission of the deputy chairperson, the remaining credits required for the degree may be in courses in another science department.

Plan B: A library thesis based degree for students with education or pre-professional career plans. This option is designed to prepare students for non-research-based careers.

The following courses are required: BIOL 7991G, BIOL 7100 and a minimum of 2 courses from the following list: BIOL 7005, BIOL 7141, BIOL 7503, BIOL 7007 or additional courses approved by the graduate deputy. Students must submit a library thesis acceptable to the department.
No more than 2 credits of BIOL 7910G may be counted toward the degree. Students may not use BIOL 7922 towards the degree.
With permission of the deputy chairperson, the remaining credits required for the degree may be in courses in another science department.

Information about requirements for the thesis is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

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