Graduate education at Northeastern integrates the highest level of scholarship across disciplinary boundaries with significant research and experiential learning opportunities.

This multidimensional learning environment develops students’ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills while introducing them to new perspectives in their fields. As a result, graduates of our doctoral, master’s, and professional degree programs are well prepared for the diverse demands of careers in academia, industry, and the professions.


Degrees offered: Ph.D., PlusOne, Special Student
The biology department combines a broad knowledge base with an in-depth study of specialized areas, and emphasizes close interaction between graduate students and faculty to develop the skills required for creative independent research. Faculty research includes biochemistry, genetics, epigenetics, microbiology, neurobiology, cell and molecular biology, and physiology. View Admissions Requirements

134 Mugar Hall
Phone: 617.373.2260 Fax: 617.373.3724
Graduate Personnel: Janeen Greene 617.373.2262


Bioinformatics (Boston, Seattle, and Online) Printable Brochure
Degree offered: M.S., Special Student
The Master of Science in Bioinformatics is a professional program which consists of four parts – fundamental courses, core courses, internship, and electives. All courses are available in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate those who are employed during the day. This Master of Science degree program includes a co-op work experience as part of the degree requirements. View Admissions Requirements

Phone: 617.373.3311
Graduate Personnel: Blair Flynn


Biotechnology (Boston and online with residency requirements)
Degree offered: M.S., Graduate Certificate, PlusOne, Special Student
The Master of Science in Biotechnology provides students with a common core of knowledge in biotechnology, with particular emphasis on their ability to integrate knowledge across disciplinary boundaries while simultaneously developing highly valued business skills. The program has the certification of Professional Science Master’s Degree. Specific objectives are to provide students with didactic and practical knowledge in protein analytical approaches and methodologies for activities and functions of biopharmaceuticals (Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences); in development and optimization of drug substance manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals (Process Sciences); and in formulation development and drug product manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals (Pharmaceutical Technologies). This Master of Science degree program includes a co-op work experience as part of the degree requirements. View Admissions Requirements

For information on the Graduate Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences, visit the Biotechnology website.

Phone: 617.373.2627
Graduate Personnel: Cynthia Bainton


Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Degrees offered: Ph.D., Industrial Ph.D., M.S. (part-time), PlusOne, Special Student
The department offers thesis and non-thesis based advanced degrees with concentrations in analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, and in interdisciplinary fields such as polymers, materials, and bio-related chemistry. 
Ph.D. – This program is designed for students who have earned a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in chemistry and who wish to earn a doctorate degree in chemistry. The program of study includes some course work but the primary emphasis is on the completion of an original research project, its articulation in a well-written thesis and its subsequent defense before a panel of department faculty. This is a full-time degree program that typically takes 4-5 years to complete. Financial support (teaching assistantships or research assistantships) may be available for students admitted to this program throughout their period of study who are found to be making good progress toward their degree. Applicants for this degree-granting program are expected to have earned a B.A., B.S., or M.S. in chemistry or to have completed the equivalent coursework with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better from an accredited college or university. The Master’s program is designed to be completed in a part-time fashion. Those applicants needing a full-time option must seek departmental approval prior to application. International students requiring student visa sponsorship cannot apply to the part-time program. View Admissions Requirements

110 Hurtig Hall
Phone: 617.373.2822
Graduate Personnel: Cara Shockley 617.373.2824


Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Degrees offered: Ph.D.
The Ph.D. program in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology will train independent scientists whose research addresses fundamental and applied questions at local, regional, national, and global scales. This training will include both general and specialized coursework in ecology, evolution, and marine science, with curricular programs including both core and specialized options tailored to each student’s research interests. This coursework will serve as a foundation for the experiential, research-based dissertation that is the core of the doctoral degree. Our goal is to train researchers who can independently pursue the process of science and effectively apply their research to solve both basic questions in ecology, evolution, and marine biology and to apply their work to issues of relevance to society and the environment, especially in this era of global change. View Admissions Requirements

Marine Science Center
430 Nahant Road
Nahant, MA 01908
Phone: 781.581.7370 Fax: 781.581.6076
Graduate Personnel: Laura Evangelista 781.581.7370 ext. 328


Marine Biology
Degree offered: M.S.
The Master of Science in Marine Biology is a professional masters program designed to provide students with a strong foundation in marine research, conservation, oceanography, and policy. The immersive and rigorous demeanor of the program provides students with the expertise and knowledge to find their niche in an exciting and diverse field. In conjunction with the university’s Three Seas Program, students spend a full academic year engaged in the study of marine biology, which delivers a unique combination of inquiry-based study, fieldwork, and research. The curriculum seamlessly integrates lecture, lab, and field activities on-location in three distinct marine ecosystems. After completion of the Three Seas Program, students embark on a six-month internship in either an academic setting or within the private or public sector. This is combined with an independent research project, which extends practical experience and refines research skills. Projects will be presented upon completion of the program in oral and written form. Graduates are fully prepared to plan and execute marine research and well equipped to embark on any path they choose, whether it be a top marine biology Ph.D. program or a successful position in a marine-related career. View Admissions Requirements

Marine Science Center
430 Nahant Road
Nahant, MA 01908
Phone: 781.581.7370 Fax: 781.581.6076
Graduate Personnel: Laura Evangelista 781.581.7370 ext. 328


Degrees offered: Ph.D., M.S., PlusOne, Special Student
The mathematics department is internationally known for its mathematical research and education. The graduate programs offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics, as well as an M.S. degree in Operations Research (in conjunction with the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department), and an M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics. Students with an M.A. or M.S. degree in mathematics should apply directly to the Ph.D. program. Students without an M.A. or M.S. in mathematics, who would like to enter the Ph.D. program, should instead apply to the M.S. program. Once students complete their M.S. degree requirements they may then apply to the Ph.D. program. It is the hope and expectation that students entering our program will continue on to the Ph.D program. The programs are designed to provide students with a broad overview of current mathematics and a strong command of an area of specialization. Graduate students work with internationally recognized faculty in a range of research programs in both pure and applied mathematics. In addition, numerous seminars and colloquia at Northeastern and in the Boston area give students ample opportunity to learn about important recent advances in mathematics. View Admissions Requirements

567 Lake Hall
Phone: 617.373.2450 Fax: 617.373.5658


Mathematics – Operations Research
Degrees offered: M.S.
The graduate program provides the opportunity for students to gain a strong general foundation and a proficiency in a particular specialization. Those admitted to the doctoral program encounter a versatile faculty world-renowned for its research. 

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567 Lake Hall
Phone: 617.373.2450 Fax: 617.373.5658


Mathematics – Applied
Degree offered: M.S.
The Master of Science in Applied Mathematics program is especially designed to appeal to working professionals who are interested in the applications of mathematics, and allows students to take up to two graduate courses outside of the Mathematics Department. View Admissions Requirements

567 Lake Hall
Phone: 617.373.2450 Fax: 617.373.5658


Network Science
Degrees offered: Ph.D.
The PhD program in Network Science at Northeastern University is an interdisciplinary program that provides the tools and concepts for understanding the structure and dynamics of networks across diverse domains, such as human behavior, socio-technical infrastructures, and biological agents. Students in this program both develop expertise in the core Network Science concepts, and interact and learn from members of the network science community across a wide range of fields, including computer science, information science, complexity, physics, sociology, communication, organizational behavior, political science, and epidemiology. The program offers four concentrations, in physical sciences, social sciences, health science, or computer and information sciences. View Admissions Requirements

056 Holmes Hall
Phone: 617.373.8856 Fax: 617.373.5884
Graduate Personnel: Mark Giannini 617.373.8856


Degrees offered: Ph.D., M.S., PlusOne, Special Student
The physics department performs advanced research in condensed matter, fundamental particles and fields, biophysics, and complexity. The M.S. program gives you an understanding of physics’ basic theoretical structures as preparation for conducting cutting-edge research. View Admissions Requirements111 Dana Hall
Phone: 617.373.2902 Fax: 617.373.2943
Graduate Personnel: Nancy Wong 617.373.4240


Degree offered: Ph.D.
The Ph.D. program in the psychology department covers a wide spectrum of contemporary behavioral science within a close-knit community of faculty and students. The program offers four distinct areas of experimental emphasis: behavioral neuroscience, cognition, perception, and social/personality. (The program does not offer training in clinical or counseling psychology.) The objective of the Ph.D. program is to prepare students to become colleagues in research and teaching in psychology. To accomplish this goal, the department takes a mentoring approach whereby the graduate students are apprentices in faculty laboratories, working closely with their faculty mentors throughout their time in the program. View Admissions Requirements125 Nightingale Hall
Phone: 617.373.3076 Fax: 617.373.8714
Graduate Personnel: Rebecca Schachter 617.373.3076