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In addition to meeting general University requirements, entering students should have a strong background in the physical and biological sciences, including undergraduate courses in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology (e.g. cell biology and/or genetics)
  • Mathematics (through calculus)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics

Students with a deficiency may be admitted but may be required to correct them during the first two semesters.

The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants.

Financial Aid

All students in the Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry receive full-time financial support.  Students are supported by CUNY Science Scholarships (CSS) that includes five years of support, tuition remission, low-cost health insurance, and no teaching in the first year. In years 2-5, teaching may be part of the CSS.  Further information may be obtained by clicking here.


New York can be an expensive city to live in, but there are tried-and-true strategies to make graduate student stipends go further. A student's largest single cost is likely to be housing, so students are urged to look carefully before committing to a place to stay. Living in Manhattan proper can be very costly, but many of the outer boroughs (the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island) offer much more affordable housing options, and many are within an easy commute to The Graduate Center and the other CUNY campuses. As a rule of thumb, you should spend no more than 30-40% of your monthly stipend on housing. This usually means that to find affordable and secure housing, you will need to find a roommate. There are many websites with New York City housing information. It can often take several weeks to find suitable housing, so please plan accordingly. The Graduate Center has housing for students; information can be found about this at: