MS and PhD applications
We will begin accepting applications for the one-year master of science program (MS) program on December 1, 2016. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The link for the application will be available in mid-October.
The application for the PhD Program will reopen early September 2017.
Admission requirements: MS and PhD programs
MS program applications require an undergraduate degree, two semesters of chemistry, two semesters of organic chemistry, two semesters of biological sciences, a test score (DAT, GRE or MCAT), official transcripts and two letters of recommendation or a committee packet.
PhD program applications require the GRE test score. Click here to view the PhD application guidelines. Please note: applications to the PhD program are handled by the Admissions Office in Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Click here to view the application.
All students whose native language is not English or who have not received secondary or university education in a country where English is the language of instruction must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is administered three times annually throughout the world.
Students are required to report in person at the administrative office of the Institute at the beginning of each autumn, spring, and summer term. Registration dates are given in the Academic Calendar.
All students are asked to give their Social Security number when registering in the University. However, a Social Security number is required of international students only when they will be receiving payments from the University; these students should consult the International Students and Scholars Office (524 Riverside Drive; telephone 212-854-3587) for further information. Other students who do not have a Social Security number should obtain one from their local Social Security office well in advance of registration.
Each student arranges a program of courses in consultation with an adviser before the beginning of each term. Delayed registration is subject to the University rules regarding penalty fees.
Changes in Programs of Study
Once registered, a student may drop or add courses or change sections by filing a formal change-of-program application with the Office of Student Financial and Information Services during the change-of-program period each term; consult the Academic Calendar for dates. All such changes must first be approved by the student's adviser.
Students may drop courses after the change-of-program period, however, for courses dropped after the last day for change of program in each term, no adjustment of tuition will be made. Consult the Academic Calendar for dates. Failure to attend classes or unofficial notification to the instructor does not constitute dropping a course, and will result in a failing grade in the course.
- Fall 2017 Master of Science Program application will open December 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
- Fall 2017 Nutritional and Metabolic Biology PhD program application is now closed and will reopen in fall 2017.