Department of Biological Sciences Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fordham University

Department of Biological Sciences Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fordham University

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 4
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


New York's Fordham University Offers Master's and Ph.D. Degrees in Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, offers courses and research opportunities leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) in Biological Sciences degree with a concentration in "Cell/Molecular Biology" or "Ecology," a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences degree, and Advanced Certificates in Conservation Biology and Biomedical Informatics. Courses are offered part-time, evenings, and weekends for the convenience of working professionals.

The goal of Fordham's distinguished graduate studies programs in biological sciences is to help graduate students develop the advanced intellectual and technical skills to prepare them for careers in modern biology in biological sciences research and teaching.

Graduate Studies Cover the Broad Scope of Modern Biology at Fordham

Graduate students pursuing M.S. in Biological Sciences degrees with concentrations in ecology will take core courses such as "Population Biology," "Community Ecology," "Ecosystem Ecology," and "Ecological Methods." Electives can include "Cell Biochemistry," "Methods in Cell/Molecular Biology," "Community Ecology," or "Introduction to Biostatistics."

Graduate students enrolled in the M.S. program in biological sciences with concentrations in cell/molecular biology will take courses such as "Cell Biology of Eukaryotes," "Cell Biochemistry," "Methods in Cell/Molecular Biology," "Molecular Biology," "Genomics and Human Molecular Genetics," "Population Biology," and "Introductory Biostatistics."

Graduate students enrolled in the Advanced Certificate in Conservation Biology will take courses such as "Conservation Biology" and "Conservation Law and Policy."

Graduate students enrolled in the Advanced Certificate in Biomedical Informatics will take courses such as "Biostatistics," "Molecular Biology," "Bioinformatics," and "Medical Informatics."

Two Paths Offered for a Ph.D. Degree in Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences offers two doctoral programs. Students may apply for admission into the direct Ph.D. program if they have a Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent with a GPA of at least 3.3. Students complete doctoral studies that consist of at least 30 course credits and 30 research credits.

For the PhD program requiring an M.S. degree, applicants must have a Master of Science degree or equivalent from an accredited university. Once accepted, students complete 18 course credits and 12 research credits.

Accomplished Faculty-Researchers Teach Critical Research Skills

Graduate students at the Department of Biological Sciences hone their research skills under the guidance of Fordham's accomplished faculty researchers at modern biology research laboratories at the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx and at the unique Louis B. Calder Field Station in Armonk, New York, 40 miles north of NYC.

A research, teaching, and conference center on 113 acres of woods with a lake and wetlands, the field station has research labs, a greenhouse, and animal facilities where research is concentrated on applied environmental sciences, conservation biology, and basic ecological research, primarily aquatic studies.

Ideally suited for graduate research projects in modern biology, the department's Rose Hill facilities have 16 top-notch laboratories and a central animal-care facility. The broad range of equipment and technology includes tissue culture facilities, microorganism culture facilities, transmission and scanning electron microscopes, fluorescence microscopes, microinjection equipment, scintillation counters, video densitometer, DNA sequencing equipment, and an oligonucleotide synthesizer.

Faculty Research in Cell/Molecular Biology and Ecology at Fordham University is Robust and Enlightening

Faculty research in cell/molecular biology includes immunomodulators and cancer immunology, gene expression in the biology of eukaryotes, ion channel physiology, genetic basis of aging, genetic toxicology, cytogenetic and molecular analysis of chromosomes, spermatogenesis and early development, cell biochemistry, cellular differentiation, regeneration in invertebrates, neuronal differentiation, electron microscopy and trace-element analysis, neurophysiology, and growth factors.

Robust research areas in ecology include population biology and ecology and community ecology; conservation biology; microbial ecology and physiological ecology of plants, terrestrial insects, and aquatic organisms; and thermal biology. Emphases include insect-parasitoid interactions, paleoecology, trace-element biogeochemistry, freshwater ecology, ecosystem ecology, systematics and evolution of mammals and insects, behavioral ecology of mammals, ecological methods, and extinction dynamics.

An advantage of Fordham's New York City location is that the Department of Biological Sciences also collaborates on research projects with the New York Botanical Garden, the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Graduate studies are enhanced with special events and seminars presented by the Fordham biological sciences faculty members and visiting professors from such universities as Albert Einstein College of Medicine, CUNY Queens College, New York University (NYU), and Dartmouth College. Recent seminars have highlighted research on the role of microRNAs in neuroblastoma and the next wave of comparative phylogeography.

An Independent University in the Jesuit Tradition

Fordham University is an independent university in the Jesuit tradition with three campuses in the North Bronx, Lincoln Center in Manhattan and West Harrison in Westchester County. Known as the Jesuit University of New York, Fordham is committed to the discovery of wisdom and the transmission of learning, through research and through undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality. Guided by its Catholic and Jesuit traditions, Fordham fosters the intellectual, moral, and religious development of its students and prepares them for leadership in a global society.

Location & Contact

Department of Biological Sciences

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Fordham University

441 East Fordham Road
New York, NY 10458
United States

Dr. James Lewis


Phone: 718-817-3642
Fax: 718-817-3645

Ms. Bernadette Valentino-Morrison

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-817-4419
Fax: 718-817-3566

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Conservation Biology Graduate Certificate
    • Biological Sciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 11
    • Doctoral Degrees 2
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


34% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 63
    • Accepted 22
    • Acceptance Rate 34
    • Enrolled 13
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $70
    • Application Fee - International $70
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 4th Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test (recommended)
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test (recommended)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 4
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students58
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students58
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Full-time Percentage95%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian78%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian2%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown13%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty18
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage11%
    • Male Percentage89%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchAvian ecology, behavioral ecology, and conservation biology; plant, community and ecosystem responses to invasive organisms; neurobiology and ion channel disorders; biochemical, physiological and morphological basis of pattern formation; behavioral, physiological and biochemical adaptations of mammals to extreme environments; evolutionary ecology, functional morphology and ichthyology; genotypic response to biogeographic and anthropogenic factors; community-based sustainable resource use
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$1,520,000




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