Biological Sciences (PhD, MS, MA)

Program Overview

With programs leading to a research Master of Science (MS), a non-thesis Master of Arts (MA) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), the Department of Biological Sciences provides students the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue successful careers in the life sciences. Offering a competitive breadth of knowledge while remaining sensitive to the needs of individual students, the department delivers a diverse academic experience that includes extensive faculty-student interactions and freedom to undertake interdisciplinary studies.

The graduate program in biological sciences has two tracks: biochemical, cell and molecular biology (BCMB) or ecology, evolution and behavior (EEB). These tracks can be combined or pursued concurrently with other academic interests. A 4+1 BA + MS degree and certificate programs are also available. Students are encouraged to explore faculty profile and research areas before applying.

Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Biological Sciences
  • MS in Biological Sciences
  • MA in Biological Sciences

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

Students in the BCMB track are trained in fundamental research approaches and techniques encompassing a diverse range of research topics. Research programs are problem-oriented, rather than driven by a single, specialized laboratory technology. Students may work in two or three laboratories simultaneously to pursue a research question. Students may conduct research on-site at biotechnology companies across the nation on a contract basis.

EEB students receive a well-rounded and vibrant academic experience without the dangers of overspecialization. In addition to opportunities for cross-departmental research, students can also take advantage of the University’s unique interdisciplinary Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) program and take courses on evolutionary studies or even earn a certificate in conjunction with their master’s or doctoral degree.

After You Graduate

Recent graduates are employed in positions with relevant life science businesses and organizations such as the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Kinsey Institute. Alumni have also pursued postdoctoral positions in institutions such as University of Pennsylvania, Texas A&M Health Science Center, the Michigan School of Public Health and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Admission Requirements


There are many funding and scholarship opportunities at Binghamton. We encourage prospective students to review available program-specific scholarships and awards, and visit the program's website for additional information. PhD students who are registered and/or certified full-time will receive a scholarship that covers the cost of broad-based fees (this does not include international student fees). Note: Master's students are generally self-funded, although funding opportunities occasionally arise.

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!