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Graduate Studies Program

Commodore Matthew Perry Graduate Studies Program

The NYBG Graduate Studies Program trains Ph.D. and Master’s students in systematics, genomics, economic botany, and related fields such as forestry, ecology, bioinformatics, and conservation biology. The Program is operated in conjunction with City University of New York’s (CUNY) Ph.D. Program in Biology; the Biology Department and Calder Center of Fordham University; the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology (E3B) at Columbia University; the Department of Plant Biology at Cornell University; the Biology Department at New York University (NYU); and The School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) of Yale University. Students apply to and enroll at one of these universities and complete the degree requirements of the school, but have full access to the staff, facilities, and research opportunities available at the Garden.

In addition to core courses in plant sciences, doctoral students can take courses in molecular biology, statistics, phytochemistry, the social sciences, or other disciplines at any affiliated campus in the New York City area. As a result, students have the opportunity to develop skills in a diversity of fields to design interdisciplinary research projects that revolve around plant science.

The New York Botanical Garden has one of the outstanding botanical libraries in the world, with more than 1.25 million accessions, a herbarium with over 7.8 million specimens, and 10,000 species of living plants housed in several greenhouses including the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Students also have access to the laboratory facilities of the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics Studies and the Genomics and structural botany programs.

Contact Lawrence M. Kelly (, Director of Graduate Studies, with questions or comments.