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The Graduate Center - The Life of the Mind in the Heart of the City

A graduate school of arts and sciences, the Graduate Center (GC) is the principal doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York, offering more than 30 doctoral degrees. In addition to rigorous academic training in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences in a PhD- focused, scholarly environment, the Graduate Center fosters globally significant research across the faculty and in a wide variety of centers and institutes. It is an inclusive community of 7,000 students, scholars, and researchers, drawing upon the widest possible range of experience of race and ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, age, physical ability, and socioeconomic status. Extensive library resources are found at the GC and at each senior college campus throughout New York City.

Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry

The program is unique in that a large consortium of colleges and other institutions participate in pedagogical and research activities available to students. Lecture course are nearly all taught at The Graduate Center in Manhattan while research laboratories are located throughout the five boroughs of New York City at Brooklyn College, City College (CCNY), Hunter College, Lehman College, Queens College, College of Staten Island, York College and the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC). Over one hundred faculty members constitute the doctoral faculty teaching and sponsoring research in the program. Students in the program number around 90. Each year, approximately 20 are newly admitted.

Comprehensive Curriculum

A standard Biochemistry Core and Advanced course curriculum, as well as a specialized Molecular Biophysics track are available to students in the Biochemistry Doctoral Program at The Graduate Center. Mastery of current bodies of knowledge in core areas of biochemistry including macromolecular structure and function, molecular biology, enzymology and metabolism, bioorganic and biophysical chemistry, thermodynamic principles, techniques for analysis of structure and function is provided in core and advanced courses during the first two years (60 credits). Core courses include two courses in Advanced Biochemistry with associated seminar courses, one course each in Bioorganic Chemistry and Physical Biochemistry, and at least two additional advanced courses, usually in Bioinformatics, Enzymology or Cell Biology


Molecular Biophysics and two special seminars in that topic are part of the Molecular Biophysics track.


Seminar courses address the interpretation of current literature, grant writing, oral presentation skills, and career development. Research rotations (three or four) are required during the first year to allow students to become familiar with faculty research and to choose a mentor. The courses and experiences during the first year provide a foundation for research in one of the over one hundred doctoral faculty members' laboratories throughout the CUNY system and in affiliated institutions.

Milestones to the degree

During the first year, students take First Level Exams parts 1 and 2 at the end of the fall and spring semesters, covering topics presented and analyzed in the Advanced Biochemistry lecture and associated seminar courses. By the end of the first year, students will have chosen a research mentor and begun research full-time. At the end of the second year, doctoral students write and defend a Second Level Exam, which is in the style of a research proposal, based on their field of specialization. It is defended before the 5-member thesis committee established by that time. An original doctoral thesis is ultimately defended before the same committee for completion of the degree and graduation.

Wealth of Research Experiences

State-of-the-art equipment supporting research efforts are housed at the Advanced Science Research Center and other senior college campuses listed above. Representative techniques include: high resolution and solid state NMR, EPR, UV, and optical spectroscopies including laser techniques and circular dichroism; microcalorimetry, rapid kinetics measurements, surface plasmon resonance, cryoelectron microscopy, confocal microscopies, LCMS, GCMS and high resolution mass spectrometry, cell cytometry, advanced imaging, small molecule x-ray crystallography, high-throughput crystallography; and high performance computing for modeling and chemical calculations.


Federal agencies (NIH, NSF) and other sponsors currently support research in areas such as macromolecule-ligand interactions, molecular biology of cancer and anti-cancer drugs, ribosome function and RNA structure, drug design and synthesis, de-novo protein design, toxic metals, peptides for epigenetic therapies, biosynthetic pathways in human pathogens, kinases as regulators, photoreceptor physiology, and telomeres, among many others.

Admission Requirements

Most candidates enter the program with an undergraduate major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or less often, Biology/Biotechnology. Competitive candidates will have taken Physical Chemistry and Calculus courses and have had research experience and a GPA in the sciences of at least 3.0.

Applications are completed online through the Apply Yourself portal where applicants will be required to upload all required documentation. The admission deadline is January 1 for attendance starting the following fall semester.

Required Documentation Transcripts, GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Writing), Letters of recommendation from two or three professors, Scores on English proficiency exams (required of foreign applicants)

Financial Support, Tuition Waivers, and Low Cost Health Insurance

All students receive financial support (CUNY Science Scholarships) and full tuition waiver for five years. Subsidized health insurance and parental accommodation are also available. Other mechanisms for support include privately funded fellowship opportunities and grants.


Most students will be assigned to teach at a senior college, most often a Chemistry undergraduate laboratory course as part of their financial support after the first year.

Location & Contact

Program in Biochemistry

Graduate Studies
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4039
United States

Richard Magliozzo

Executive Officer

Phone: 212-817-8086
Fax: 212-817-1503

Les Gribben

Director of Admissions

Phone: 212-817-7470
Fax: 212-817-1624

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biochemistry Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 8
    • Doctoral Degrees 7
    • 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? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Thesis Required and field experience
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


70% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 44
    • Accepted 31
    • Acceptance Rate 70
    • Enrolled 23
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $125
    • Application Fee - International $125
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

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 awardsApril 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students96
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students96
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian22%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian12%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races10%
    • Unknown or International Student49%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty22
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage27%
    • Male Percentage73%



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