Degrees and Fields of Study
The Ph.D. program in Biology offers the opportunity to conduct research in New York, or at NYU Abu Dhabi or NYU Shanghai. Read more at the following websites:
- General Biology
- Applied Recombinant DNA Technology
- Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
- Oral Biology
M.S.-M.B.A. (Dual Degree)
Non-degree applicants to General Biology must carefully read the requirements section below.
Note: The field of study descriptions may not exactly match the actual program name on the degree that is conferred. Please refer to the GSAS Bulletin section Degree and Certificate Programs as Registered by the New York State Education Department for the actual program name and degree conferred.
- December 1, fall only admission
Master's and Non-Degree Applications (except Biology/Business M.S.-M.B.A.)
- June 30: Fall
- November 1: Spring
M.S.-M.B.A Applications to Biology/Business
- December 15, fall only admission
All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date. If an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal U.S. holiday, then the next business day will be the deadline date.
Application Requirements for Biology
All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit a complete application for admission. A complete application includes the online application, academic transcripts, test scores (if required), letters of recommendation, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and an application fee. Applicants also have the option of providing a short Personal History essay. Please refer to the Instructions section of the online application. In addition, the department specifically requires the following:
Statement of Academic Purpose (All Applicants):
In a concisely written statement, please describe your past and present work as it relates to your intended field of study, your educational objectives, and your career goals. In addition, please include your intellectual and professional reasons for choosing your field of study and why your studies/research can best be done at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU. The statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages.
GRE: GRE general test optional. We will consider GRE test scores if they are submitted. Scoring well on the GRE may strengthen your application, especially if you perceive that you have weaknesses in your prior academic record. Not taking the GRE will not adversely affect your application and we will make no assumptions about why you did not take the test.
TOEFL or IELTS: Either the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English. See test score requirements.
Writing Sample: Not required.
NYU Abu Dhabi or NYU Shanghai: Ph.D. applicants who are interested in opportunities at Abu Dhabi or Shanghai should indicate their interest in the campus section of the application.
GRE: GRE general test optional. We will consider GRE test scores if they are submitted. Scoring well on the test may strengthen your application, especially if you perceive that you have weaknesses in your prior academic record. Not taking the test will not adversely affect your application and we will make no assumptions about why you did not take a test.
DAT and MCAT scores are optional and will also be considered if submitted. GMAT scores are optional for Biology/Business and will also be considered if submitted. (Send official GMAT test scores to GSAS using school code 5TF-5G-76. Also separately send GMAT scores to Stern where the GMAT is required, using their GMAT school code).
TOEFL or IELTS: Either the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English. See test score requirements
Writing Sample: Not required.
Dual-Degree Applicants: Dual-degree applicants must also apply to the Stern School of Business.
Non-degree applicants to General Biology who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or applicants who hold a current H1-B visa, must use the online application to apply. Other non-degree applicants must follow special instructions. Refer to Application Policies in the Application Resource Center for more information. As part of the application, all applicants must provide a final and official academic transcript showing proof that the bachelor’s degree or equivalent was conferred, including all courses with grades received. The TOEFL is required of applicants who are not native English speakers. At least two letters of recommendation are required. The GRE and résumé are optional (please leave items blank on the application if you do not provide). The statement of academic purpose should explain why you want to attend the program as a non-degree student and describe the courses you plan on taking.
The Graduate School of Arts and Science reserves the right to change this information at any time. This document supersedes all previous versions.
Last updated September 16, 2019.
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