The Ph.D. Program Requirements

The following is required for admission int the Ph.D. in Biology Program at the University at Albany.

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, or molecular biology from an accredited institution.
  • GPA of 3.0.
  • Undergraduate preparation should preferably include (1) 18 credits in biology, (2) 2 courses in mathematics (at least 6 credits); (3) 2 courses in physics with laboratories (at least 6 credits); and (4) 4 courses in chemistry with laboratories, of which 2 courses must be in organic chemistry with laboratories (at least 12 credits). MCDN applicants must have taken genetics and biochemistry; completion of coursework in cell biology, microbiology, neurobiology, and developmental biology is recommended. 
  • Demonstrated research ability.
  • Prior approval from a program research advisor.

For specific application deadlines, please see the Requirements and Deadlines page for the Biology Ph.D. on the Graduate Education web site. Note that applications for the Spring semester, while considered, are discouraged due to the nature of the first-year curriculum.

All applications to graduate programs are handled by the Office of Graduate Education. To find out more about the process of applying to graduate programs at the University at Albany, please see the Step-by-Step instructions for applying on the Graduate Education web site, or visit our How to Apply to the Ph.D. Program page.