Admissions and Aid

The ideal applicant to the Ph.D. program in Biochemistry will have a strong undergraduate academic background and record of research accomplishments in biochemistry or related experiential science. Applicants should have a strong commitment to academic performance and to contributing to the advancement of knowledge through research, and should be excited and eager to explore opportunities and benefits of living, working and learning in New York City.

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Admissions Overview

Application deadline:

January 1 for fall enrollment
(no spring enrollment)

Candidates complete The Graduate Center’s Application for Admission and provide appropriate supplemental materials including transcripts and letters of recommendation. 

Applicants 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.

Note that the GRE requirement is currently suspended. Applicants who have already taken the exam may opt to submit their scores for consideration as part of the overall application package.

Applications are first collected and processed by the Office of Admissions and then reviewed by the Biochemistry Program's Admissions and Awards Committee. 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates for doctoral programs at The Graduate Center are based on a student's “level,” which is determined by a combination of the number of graduate credits completed (including, in the case of transfer students, credits accepted by the student's degree program and the Registrar) and specific academic accomplishments. 

The fee structure is also affected by a student’s resident status.

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Each student will be billed for a Graduate School student activities fee, a University student senate fee, a University consolidated services fee and a technology fee. These fees are not refundable.

Fellowships and Financial Aid

Every applicant to The Graduate Center’s doctoral programs will automatically be considered for five-year institutional funding packages. The aid we offer — including fellowships, tuition awards, and assistantships — is based on merit.

For students in the Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry, financial support is offered in the form of CUNY Science Scholarships. Almost all students accepted to these programs receive such Science Scholarships that include full tuition waivers for domestic and foreign students, directly paid scholarships, teaching assistantships and other funds usually provided from research grants.

Learn more about CUNY Science Scholarships »

Federal aid for doctoral students includes:

New York State also provides the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for eligible graduate students who are New York State residents.

Additional funding may be available to incoming students from underrepresented populations through offerings from the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity, including several fellowships and the CUNY Pipeline Program for undergraduate CUNY students.

Learn more about funding opportunities from OEOD »

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