Biotechnology, Master of Science (M.S.)

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO A8300Laboratory in Biotechnology


BIO V0005Genetics


BIO V1401Cell Biology


BIO C0300Molecular Biology


PHIL 77900Medical Ethics


PHYS V9100Colloquium


PHYS B9901Thesis Research


PHYS B9902Thesis Research


BIOL 71013 at the Graduate Center can be taken instead of BIO C0300. *Bioethics and similar courses are allowable in consultation with the program advisor. No more than 6 credits of thesis research credits are allowed.

Elective Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
Graduate courses in an approved area of specialization


Total Credit Hours: 36

Additional Requirements

Elective courses are to be chosen in consultation with the advisor and are subject to the approval of the Divisional Science Graduate Studies Committee.

Thesis: Candidates must complete a thesis based independent laboratory or field investigation and pass an oral defense of the thesis. The faculty member selected by the student as research sponsor will serve as advisor and chairman of an Advisory Committee of at least three faculty members, three of whom must be from the Science Division. This committee will serve in the preparation and approval of the thesis proposal, the thesis, and defense of the thesis.

Residency Requirements: Some elective courses offered by other departments at CUNY or equivalent required courses offered by other departments at CUNY can be credited toward the MS degree. However, students are cautioned that a minimum of 60% of the credits required for the MS degree (i.e., 21 credits) must be taken from courses offered directly by the faculty in the Division of Science at CCNY.

TOEFL Requirements: Foreign students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 75th percentile.

GRE Requirements: While the GREs are not required, the GRE general test is highly recommended.

Foreign Language Proficiency: Not required.

Application Deadlines: Completed applications must be received by the CCNY Graduate Admissions deadlines (May 1 for the Fall semester, and Nov 15 for the Spring semester).

Affiliated Programs

City College has an affiliation with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for performing research. Interested students are encouraged to contact Professor Karen Hubbard to discuss potential research mentors.


Students interested in entering the M.S. Program should contact:

Master’s Advisor

Program in Biotechnology

Department of Biology

The City College of New York

New York, NY 10031

Telephone: (212) 650-6800

M.S. Candidates

Dr. Christine Li

Loc: CDI  13384

Tel: 212-650-8450