Application Deadline

Fall - July 1
Spring - November 25

Application fee will be waived at this time. All supporting documents (e.g. official transcripts, recommendations, personal statement, etc.) can be emailed to gradauteadmissions@csi.cuny.edu

 

The Master of Science in Biology requires 30 credits. For the degree, students may choose between two tracks: the general biology track and the biotechnology track.

Students in both tracks are required to conduct a research-based thesis. As soon as possible but before completion of 15 credits, all students will assemble their Master’s Committee. The student's committee will consist of at least three members, two of whom must be faculty in the Department of Biology, one of whom will be the student's primary advisor and be responsible for guiding the student through the program. Students may choose a primary advisor outside the Biology Department upon approval of the Program Coordinator. 

The Master of Science degree program in Biology is designed to provide research training and experience in the discipline of biology and allow students to specialize in such areas as biotechnology, molecular/cellular biology and evolution, ecology, and behavior. The program is an appropriate foundation for students whose current goal is a terminal master’s degree as a credential for laboratory or field research and for students who intend to continue to study toward a doctorate program.

The program prepares students for careers in the expanding fields of molecular biology, genetic engineering, conservation biology, and biotechnology. Graduates of the program will be prepared to conduct research, to evaluate the research of others, and to write and speak effectively in scientific fields. The program opens the door to careers in clinical and research laboratories, industry, teaching, science writing, and in governmental agencies in the fields of health, environment, and parks.

Contact Information

Dr. Jianying Gu

Program Coordinator
Building 6S, Room 142
Phone : 718.982.4123
Contact Via Email

Application & Graduate Catalog

General Biology Track

Degree Requirements


The Master of Science in Biology - Track A: General Biology requires 30 credits to complete the degree. Students must complete a research based thesis project (BIO 799 - 6 credits).  In addition to BIO 799, the following courses are required: BIO 603BIO 605, and ESC 601. The remaining courses, 15 credits, will be chosen according to the student’s career goals with faculty guidance.



Admission Requirements


The Department of Biology Graduate Admissions Committee makes all decisions regarding admission to the program as a matriculated or non-matriculated student. Applicants are required to complete the online CSI Graduate Admissions Application. The GRE general test is recommended but not required of applicants.

  • BS in Biology degree from an accredited college (students in the last semester of undergraduate study and students with a baccalaureate in another related discipline may also be considered for admission).
  • Overall GPA of 2.75 (B-) and a GPA of 3.0 (B) in undergraduate science and mathematics courses.
  • Two letters of recommendation testifying to the applicant’s ability to complete successfully the program of graduate study.
  • A grade of 550 on the TOEFL test is required of all applicants for whom English is a second language.
     

Biotechnology Track

Degree Requirements


The Master of Science in Biology - Track B: Biotechnology requires 30 credits to complete the degree. Students must complete a research based thesis project (BIO 799 - 6 credits). In addition to BIO 799, the following courses are required: BIO 603BIO 706, and BIO 708. The remaining courses, 15 credits, will be chosen according to the student’s career goals with faculty guidance.


Admission Requirements


The Department of Biology Graduate Admissions Committee makes all decisions regarding admission to the program as a matriculated or non-matriculated student. Applicants are required to complete the online CSI Graduate Admissions Application. The GRE general test is recommended but not required of applicants.

  • BS in Biology degree from an accredited college (students in the last semester of undergraduate study and students with a baccalaureate in another related discipline may also be considered for admission).
  • Overall GPA of 2.75 (B-) and a GPA of 3.0 (B) in undergraduate science and mathematics courses.
  • Two letters of recommendation testifying to the applicant’s ability to complete successfully the program of graduate study.
  • A grade of 550 on the TOEFL test is required of all applicants for whom English is a second language.
     

Application Procedures

Graduate Application:

The application must be completed online at Graduate Application.

Transcripts:

Applicants must request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. If you are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution, have one transcript sent now and another sent when you complete the courses that you are taking. Applicants who have been enrolled at CSI do not need to request a CSI transcript; the Office of Recruitment and Admissions will obtain a copy.

Application Fee:

A $75.00 non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants. Please make your check or money order payable to the College of Staten Island. Veterans are exempt from paying the application fee. Veterans must provide proof of their Veteran/Military status in order to be waived from paying the application fee.

Letters of Recommendation:

Two letters of recommendation testifying to the applicant's ability to complete successfully the program of graduate study are required.

English Proficiency Examination:  The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam is required of students for whom English is a second language.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Minimum required score is 79 (Internet). For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the TOEFL website at www.ets.org. Our institutional code is 2778.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): We will only accept the academic exam scores. The minimum required score is 6.5 (overall band).  For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the IELTS website www.ielts.org.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Minimum required score is 53. For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the PTE website www.pearsonpte.com.


All documents must be submitted to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

Mailing Address:

Office of Recruitment and Admissions, Graduate Unit
College of Staten Island, CUNY
2800 Victory Boulevard, Building 2A, Room 103
Staten Island, NY 10314
718-982-2019
graduateadmissions@csi.cuny.edu