Based in the Department of Biology, these graduate programs are designed to be truly collaborative with other departments.

The Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology master's degree program (IBB-MS) is designed for those who need a bioscience MS degree to be competitive for biomedical and biotech industry scientific and administrative positions, or a bioscience MS degree to be attractive for strong PhD bioscience graduate programs, or else a bioscience MS degree to be more competitive when applying for highly-competitive veterinary or medical school professional programs. Program benefits include:

  • Rigorous interdisciplinary bioscience and biotechnology curriculum.
  • Small and personalized courses and advisement.
  • Strong support and success at having degree earners move to industry, or health professional, and PhD programs.
  • A 4+1 option in which strong Clarkson and Associated Colleges undergraduate students take two graduate courses their senior year and complete the MS degree in a fifth year, providing a head-start and rapid track to a bioscience MS degree.

The PhD in Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology (IBB-PhD) program will educate you with the skills needed to work on complex problems in the biosciences. To support this aim, the graduate program faculty includes biologists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians and engineers who serve as dissertation advisors.

The objective of the IBB-PhD program is to provide you with specialized knowledge in a major field of biology, plus the technical skills to enable you to work with interdisciplinary teams of bioscientists in academic, corporate and government research settings. Based on current areas of faculty expertise within the IBB Program, you have the option of specializing in one of four interdisciplinary sub-fields:

  • Molecular Bioscience & Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Sciences & Neuroscience
  • Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
  • Ecology, Evolution & the Environment

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Curriculum

Master's in Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology

This program consists of a minimum of 30 credits beyond a bachelor's degree. These credits are taken in coursework, laboratory, seminar and thesis research work.

MS in Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology

PhD in Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology

This program consists of 90 credits beyond a bachelor's degree. These credits are taken in coursework, seminar and project work to fulfill the PhD requirements.

Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology PhD Curriculum

Admission

MS General Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess either: BS or BA in a Bioscience, Chemistry, or other Math, Science or Engineering affiliated-discipline that included coursework in cell & molecular biology, genetics, and organic chemistry.

A complete application file consists of the following items:

  • Application form.
  • Resume and statement of purpose.
  • Letters of recommendation — three letters required.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Test scores — GRE* and a score of 80 for TOEFL/6.5 for IELTS (if applicable).

*GRE may be waived for some applicants.

MS Admission Requirements for 4+1 Option

Strong undergraduate students at Clarkson and Associated Colleges institutions can pursue a 4+1 option in which they take two graduate courses their senior year and complete the MS degree in a fifth year. This provides a head-start and rapid track to a bioscience MS degree. Students should apply in the junior year (5th or 6th semester) of their undergraduate career. Associated Colleges include SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University. Students at these colleges can take the required Clarkson graduate courses at their Associated Colleges cross-registration.

Admission requirements include: 

  • Either a Biology or Biomolecular Science Major or another major that has taken the Clarkson University introductory biology core (BY 140, 142, 160, 162) and genetics (BY 214), or the equivalent courses, if a student at one of the Associated Colleges.
  • GPA minimum of 3.25 overall and for Biology courses.
  • Likelihood of completing undergraduate degree requirements plus two additional graduate courses during the senior year (7th and 8th semesters).
  • Short essay explaining why the student is motivated to pursue a MS degree.
  • Specification of which MS program the student plans to pursue.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

Prospective students can apply and upload required materials through Clarkson's online application portal

PhD General Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess a baccalaureate (four-year) degree in biology or a relevant science (e.g., biochemistry, biophysics, environmental science) with the following minimum college course preparation: three semesters of biology, including genetics; four semesters of chemistry, including organic chemistry; two semesters of physics; and two semesters of mathematics, including calculus.

A complete application file consists of the following items:

  • Application form.
  • Resume and statement of purpose.
  • Letters of recommendation — three letters required.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Test scores — GRE* and a score of 80 for TOEFL/6.5 for IELTS (if applicable).

*GRE may be waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply, contact

Graduate Admissions Team
graduate@clarkson.edu
518-631-9831