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Admissions Overview

In addition to meeting general University requirements, entering students should have a strong background in the physical and biological sciences, including undergraduate courses in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology (e.g. cell biology and/or genetics)
  • Mathematics (through calculus)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics

Students with a deficiency may be admitted but may be required to correct them during the first two semesters.

The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional, but scores will be considered if submitted.

Check out this clip narrated by Dr. Brian Gibney on personal statement tips for the application.

Click on Admissions on the right panel to get started on your application!

Financial Aid

All students in the Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry receive financial support in the form of CUNY Science Scholarships.  Scholarships include five years of support, tuition remission, low-cost health insurance and parental accommodation. In years 2-5, teaching may be required.  Further information may be obtained by clicking here.


New York can be an expensive city to live in, but there are tried-and-true strategies to make graduate student stipends go further. A student's largest single cost is likely to be rent, so students are urged to look carefully before committing to a place to stay. Living in Manhattan proper can be very costly, but many of the outer boroughs (the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island) offer much more affordable housing options most within an easy commute to The Graduate Center and the other CUNY campuses.   The Graduate Center and each college campus has housing for students; information can be found at: and at campus websites.