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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Graduate Studies, with questions or comments.
M.S. in Biology through The City College of New York
Students who enroll in The City College’s M.S. Program in Biology have the opportunity to do plant systematics research at The New York Botanical Garden, with thesis advisors at both The City College and NYBG. Students may apply for fall or spring admission.
Entrance requirements: Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in biology, OR should complete recommended coursework in science (including Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus or Statistics). More information.
Courses: Course offerings include Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics, and Neuroscience/Animal Behavior. More information.
Applying for Graduate Admission: Please follow these instructions as you prepare to apply. Two letters of recommendation are required; GRE subject and general test scores are optional. The personal statement is a very important part of the application. More information.
Application deadlines: May 1 (for Fall admissions) and November 15 (for Spring admissions). More information.
Mentor contact: Interested students are encouraged to communicate with potential mentors before applying. The strongest applications include letters of support that document mentor interest.
Financial aid: Some funding may be available. More information.
Amy Berkov, Ph.D., Master’s Program Advisor, The City College of New York
Lawrence Kelly, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies, New York Botanical Garden
List of NYBG faculty