Graduate Degrees

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 graduate certificates are well prepared for the diverse demands of careers in academia, industry, and the professions.

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Bioinformatics (Seattle and Boston)
PSM, Graduate Certificate – The Professional Science Master’s degree program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology provides cross-disciplinary training in biology, computer science, and informational technology for today’s cutting-edge jobs in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Biology
PhD – 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, cell and molecular biology, physiology, ecology and evolution.

Biotechnology
PSM, Graduate Certificates – The Professional Science Master’s degree program in Biotechnology provides students with a common core of knowledge in biotechnology, with particular emphasis on their ability to integrate knowledge across disciplinary boundaries. Specific objectives are to provide students with didactic and practical knowledge in genomics, proteomics and other bio-analytical approaches (Molecular Biotechnology); in drug discovery, development, and delivery (Pharmaceutical Biotechnology); and in bioprocess development and optimization (Process Development).

Chemistry and Chemical Biology
PhD, MS (part-time) – 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. The PhD 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 in chemistry degree. 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 5-6 years to complete. Financial support (teaching assistantships or research assistantships) is normally provided 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 an earned BA, BS, or MS in chemistry or to have completed the equivalent coursework with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better from an accredited college or university.

Marine & Environmental Sciences
MS – The Master’s degree program in Marine Biology provides the advanced skill set needed to pursue an entry – to mid-level career in marine research, or can serve as a springboard into the nation’s top PhD programs in marine biology. This 15-month full-time program is offered in conjunction with Northeastern University’s Three Seas Program. In addition to completing the Three Seas Program curriculum for graduate credit, students conduct additional coursework, a research project (but not a formal thesis), and a 6-month internship with academic research scientists, state and federal agencies, or private consulting firms. Now in its 25th year, the Three Seas program has an impressive record: Our alumni routinely gain admission to the top PhD programs in the country, publish quality research, and are leaders in their fields.

Mathematics
PhD, MS – The Department of Mathematics at Northeastern University is internationally known for its mathematical research and education. The graduate programs offer MS and PhD degrees in Mathematics, as well as an MS degree in Operations Research (in conjunction with the MIME department), and an MS degree in Applied Mathematics. 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.

Mathematics – Applied
MS – The Master’s 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.

Mathematics – Operations Research
MS – The graduate program provides the opportunity for students to gain a strong general foundation and a proficiency in a particular specialization.

Physics
PhD, MS – The Northeastern physics department performs advanced research in condensed matter, fundamental particles and fields, biophysics, and complexity. The MS program gives you an understanding of physics’ basic theoretical structures as preparation for conducting cutting-edge research.

Psychology
PhD – The PhD 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 PhD 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.