Program Description

The M.S. and Ph.D. programs both stress the importance of the research experience and its value to critical thinking. Adding to the strength of the Federated Department are its collaborative interactions with the other academic units at Rutgers-Newark and NJIT, including the Departments of Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (CMBN), and the Departments of Mathematical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, and Computer Sciences at NJIT. In addition, the department participates in graduate and clinical programs at the nearby University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.


Federation is a formal agreement between Rutgers University (Newark) and NJIT to coordinate many activities. The goal is to increase the quality of teaching and research by drawing from the larger, combined resource base. In particular, the curriculum and requirements of  the  various  Graduate options are the same for both institutions, and students may take courses on both campuses to fulfil those requirements. Federation also involves the sharing of office and laboratory facilities, the coordination of research, and long-term strategic planning.


Department of Biological Sciences

195 University Ave
Boyden Hall, Room 206 

Phone: 973-353-5347
Fax: 973-353-5518


Website: Biology

General Information

Degree Offered: M.S., Ph.D.

Degree Credit Requirements

M.S.: 30 credits
Ph.D.: 72 credits

Career Opportunities 

-Biomedical Engineer
-Evolutionary Biologist 
-Environmental Scientist
-Food Scientist 
-Forensic Scientist 
-Biological Technician
-Genetic Counselor 
-Physician Assistant
-Nurse Practitioner

Application Requirements and Deadlines

All transcripts – GRE [50 percentile or better required] – TOEFL – 3 Letters of Recommendation –Full year courses in General and Organic Chemistry as well as Physics is required – College mathematics though Calculus preferred 

M.S. DEADLINES: August 1st for Fall semester.
Ph.D. DEADLINES: December 15th for Fall


Rutgers Graduate School - Newark

Office of the Dean

175 University Avenue,

Conklin Hall,  Suite 241
Newark, New Jersey 07102

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