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Master of Arts in Biology

The Biology Department offers programs of courses and research leading to the Master of Arts degree at Queens College.

Students are encouraged to participate in the extensive research programs of the biology faculty. Their research activities have recently been funded by various agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a number of private foundations, including the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association. Participation in research is one of the best ways for students to learn biology first-hand, and to appreciate how scientific methodology is used to answer important biological questions.

The department has excellent research facilities for cell and molecular biology, as well as well-equipped research laboratories and core facilities. Opportunities are enhanced by affiliation with other city institutions and cooperative efforts with other divisions of the City University and the American Museum of Natural History.

The Biology Department at Queens College also offers programs of courses and research leading to the PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center in the subprograms of cellular, molecular, and developmental biology; evolution, ecology, and behavior; physiology and neurosciences; and plant sciences.

Admissions at a Glance
Fall Deadline April 1
Spring Deadline November 1
Extended Deadline None
Letters of Reference 2
Essay 500 Words
PTE 68
Accepts Non-Matric Yes

Requirements for Matriculation

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.

  1. Students are expected to have a minimum of 20 credits in biology beyond the introductory level. Undergraduate courses in physics, chemistry, and mathematics are required. A course in statistics is highly recommended
  2. GRE is not required but can be submitted in support of your application​
  3. The credentials of each applicant will be examined by the departmental admissions committee. This committee may request an interview with a candidate for admission

Requirements for Non-Matriculation

Students are to follow the college’s requirements for non-matriculation​.