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Graduate Programs

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.




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.

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.

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
PhD, MS – The PhD program in Marine and Environmental Sciences will train high-caliber and independent scientists whose research addresses fundamental and applied ecological and evolutionary 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. The Master of Science in Marine Biology is a full-time 15-month program focused on building research skills through intensive course and field work. Course work is supplemented by a 6-month internship and research project conducted at leading academic, government, non-profit, and private research institutions. Upon completion of the program, alumni routinely gain admission to top PhD programs or begin a research career in the marine sciences.

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.

PhD, MS, Graduate Certificate (Nanomedicine) – 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. The Graduate Certificate in Nanomedicine is designed for scientists, engineers, and physicians to develop competency and practical skills in the application of nanotechnology to problems in medicine. This program is appropriate for those working in, or seeking careers in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, biomedical, or clinical fields.

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.