Admission Requirements

Ph.D. Program
Prospective Students

Undergraduate training in one of the natural or physical sciences is required. It is also desirable that students have had at least a year of calculus, as well as courses in organic and physical chemistry, physics, genetics, biochemistry, and cell biology. Some deficiencies in this background may be made up while in graduate school.

The general GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required. A GRE Subject Test in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, or physics, is not required, but will be reviewed if submitted with your application. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is also required for international applicants whose native language is not English. The minimum score TOEFL required is 250 (CBT) or 600 (PBT) or 100 (IBT). International students who receive a bachelor's degree in the U.S.A. may be exempted from the TOEFL test requirement.

Beginning on December 1, the Department of Biological Sciences will evaluate applications to the Ph.D. program in the order in which they were submitted. All applications submitted prior to the final deadline (January 5, 2018) will be evaluated, but applicants submitting their applications earlier are more likely to be invited to the recruitment Open Houses. The first of these will take place in late January, the second in early March.  These Open House events allow for much more interaction with current students and faculty, and include fun excursions in New York City.

We do not admit students for the spring term.

Acceptance to the program is determined by a student's academic background as well as consideration of prior research experience, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. Tuition, fees and a generous stipend are paid for all graduate students accepted to the program.

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Business Office

Department of Biological Sciences
500 Fairchild Center
Mail Code 2401
Columbia University
1212 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Academic Office

Department of Biological Sciences
600 Fairchild Center
Mail Code 2402
Columbia University
1212 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
biology@columbia.edu
212 854-4581