Application Deadline

Spring - November 18
Fall - April 21
Rolling Admission for Fall and Spring

All supporting documents (e.g. official transcripts, recommendations, personal statement, etc.) can be emailed to


The Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities at the College and the New York State Institute for Basic Research on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities offer a broad interdisciplinary program leading to the Master of Science degree. Courses integrate relevant subject matter in the areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, and students have a unique opportunity to explore both neuroscientific and applied aspects of the normally and abnormally developing brain, as well as recent advances in the cognitive sciences.

The program consists of 36 credits including 30 credits in coursework and six credits of thesis research, an oral preliminary examination, and a thesis defense. A faculty thesis committee will approve the content and style of the Master's thesis. The thesis committee will consist of four members, with at least 2 full-time CSI faculty (including at least one member from the Biology, the Chemistry or the Psychology Department)

Contact Information

Greg Phillips

Program Coordinator
Building 6S, Room 131
Phone : 718.982.3723
Contact Via Email

Application & Graduate Catalog

Admission Requirements

Students with bachelor’s degrees in all fields may apply for admission, provided they have taken two semesters of biology (with laboratory), two semesters of psychology, one semester of chemistry, one semester of calculus, and one semester of statistics. Students applying for admission are expected to have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (B) in their undergraduate biology, mathematics, psychology, or other science courses.

If deficiencies are identified during the application process students will be advised to take the appropriate undergraduate course, which will be offered at CSI.

Application Procedures

Graduate Application:

The application must be completed online at Graduate Application.


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:

Applicants are required to provide three letters of recommendation from instructors or employers. 

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 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
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Minimum required score is 53. For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the PTE website

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