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Admissions & Affiliations

Applications for admission to the Commodore Matthew Perry Graduate Studies Program must be made separately to The New York Botanical Garden and to an affiliated program. The deadline for NYBG applications is January 15. Applications should be downloaded and sent as an e-mail attachment directly to Lawrence M. Kelly (, Director of Graduate Studies, copied to Adelin Figueroa ( Applications must be accompanied by transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and GRE scores (if required by the university). Letters of recommendation may be sent as e-mail attachments or through regular mail. Please check affiliated programs for their deadlines and requirements.

Affiliated Programs

City University of New York

Admission to CUNY’s Ph.D. Program in Biology is determined independently through a separate application to CUNY. Students may pursue a course of study through the Plant Sciences subprogram (generally systematics, genomics, or economic botany). The Biology program at CUNY belongs to a thriving community of Science Programs that includes Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Computer Science. Application information may be obtained through Admissions, CUNY Graduate Center. The deadline for applications is January 1, 2023.

Subject areas: Systematics, Ethnobotany, Genomics
Key NYBG faculty: All curators

The Graduate Center
City University of New York
33 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10036-8099
Telephone: 212.642.2812
Fax: 212.642.2642
e-mail contact: Biology Ph.D. Program Office (

The City College of New York (M.S. in Biology)

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. Application deadlines are May 1 (Fall admissions) and November 15 (Spring admissions).

Subject areas: Systematics, Ethnobotany, Genomics
Key NYBG faculty: All curators

Wille Administration Building
Room 101
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Telephone: 212.650.6977
Fax: 212. 650.6417
e-mail contact: Amy Berkov, Master’s Program Advisor (

Columbia University

Joint graduate studies in this program are conducted through Columbia’s Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology. Application materials can be found through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Subject areas: Evolution, Ecology, Environmental Biology
Key NYBG faculty: Balick, Stevenson

Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
10th Floor Schermerhorn Extension
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
e-mail contact: Duncan Menge, Director of Graduate Studies (

Cornell University

Joint graduate studies in this program are conducted through Cornell’s Graduate Field of Plant Biology. Students can pursue a course of study in systematic botany through this program. Application forms are obtained from through the Cornell University Graduate School.

Subject areas: Systematic Botany
Key NYBG faculty: Stevenson

The Graduate School
Sage Graduate Center
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201 Telephone: 607.255.2131
Fax: 607.255.7979
e-mail contact: Jian Hua, Director of Graduate Studies (

Fordham University

Joint graduate studies are conducted through Fordham University’s Biological Sciences Department and Calder Center. This program is well-suited to students interested in combining aspects of plant systematics, conservation biology, and ecology. Fordham applications can be accessed online through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Subject areas: Ecology, Evolution, Population Biology, Phycology
Key NYBG faculty: Karol

Department of Biological Sciences
Rose Hill Campus
Larkin Hall 160
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
e-mail contact: Silvia Finnemann, Associate Chair of Graduate Studies (

New York University

The joint plant resources training program is conducted through NYU’s Department of Biology. The program is best suited for students interested in molecular biology, genomics, and bioinformatics. Separate applications must be submitted through the Graduate School of Arts and Science.

Subject areas: Molecular Biology, Systems Biology, Genomics
Key NYBG faculty: Ambrose, Little, Stevenson

Graduate Admissions Office, Room B2
6 Washington Square North
New York University
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212.998.8200
Fax: 212.955.4015
e-mail contact: Gloria Coruzzi, Professor of Biology (

Yale University

This joint doctoral program is conducted through Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is for students interested in forest management, forest science, environmental science, and environmental management. Applications must be submitted through Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2022.

Subject areas: Forestry, Environmental Studies
Key NYBG faculty: Michelangeli, Kelly, Lendemer, Stevenson, Thomas, Daly, Vandebroek

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
205 Prospect Street
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06511
Telephone: 800.825.0330
Fax: 203.432.5942
e-mail contact: Karen Seto, Director of Graduate Studies (