Graduate Degree Programs
The College of Science’s programs in the physical sciences, life sciences, and mathematics challenge you to think in ways you may not have considered before.
Master’s Degree Programs
Our master’s degrees enable students to pursue their desired career path, whether in academia or industry. Many programs offer a flexible learning environment (on campus, online, and hybrid) to accommodate students at any stage of their career. These programs typically take about 2 years to complete on a full-time basis.
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**indicates Professional Science Master’s Programs
*Applied MathematicsLearn More
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Applied Physics & Engineering
*Cell and Gene TherapiesLearn More
*Cell and Gene Therapies
*Environmental Science and PolicyLearn More
*Environmental Science and Policy
Marine BiologyLearn More
Operations ResearchLearn More
Professional Master’s Programs
Our professional master’s degree programs enable students to pursue their desired career path, whether in academia or industry. Many programs offer flexible learning environments—on campus, online, and hybrid—to accommodate students at any stage of their career. Our unique programs include an industry-based curriculum and the technical and soft skills needed to pursue careers in business, data, and regulatory fields.Learn More
Northeastern undergraduate students can earn a master’s degree in less time through the PlusOne program.Learn more
Committing to a full degree program doesn’t work for everyone. By enrolling part-time, students cannot exceed two courses per semester and they may earn a maximum of 12 semester hours over time prior to applying to a degree program.Learn more
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Graduate Certificate Programs
College of Science certificate programs include four to six graduate-level courses focused on a concentration within a broader field of study. These flexible, stackable certificates can typically be completed within a year, enabling students to quickly jumpstart their education to meet their goals:
- Advance or switch careers
- Stay ahead of the trends emerging in industry
- Diversify your skill set and enhance your knowledge in a specialized area
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Biodefense and Biosecurity
Biopharmaceutical Analytical SciencesLearn More
Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences
Biotechnology EnterpriseLearn More
Experimental BiotechnologyLearn More
Manufacturing & Quality Operations in BiotechnologyLearn More
Manufacturing & Quality Operations in Biotechnology
Molecular BiotechnologyLearn More
Pharmaceutical TechnologiesLearn More
Process SciencesLearn More
Biotechnology Regulatory ScienceLearn More
Biotechnology Regulatory Science
Sustainability SciencesLearn More
Vaccine DevelopmentLearn More
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Students who have completed an undergraduate degree and would like to further their education, but who are not committed to a full degree program may enroll on a part-time basis and cannot exceed more than two courses per semester. These students may earn a maximum of 12 semester hours over time prior to applying to a degree program.Sign Up
The Connected Science Community PhD Programs
Northeastern’s Connected Science Community PhD programs provide students with advanced department curriculum, ground-breaking research opportunities, and career and core skills development – all within a supportive network of peers and mentors.
Whether you have realized your post-graduate path or are just beginning to explore one, the PhD programs in the College of Science will prepare you for extraordinary career opportunities.How to Apply
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Marine and Environmental Sciences
Earning a PhD at Northeastern’s College of Science
Candidates accepted to their Department Research program of interest will join a Community of PhD students across the entire College of Science. Within this community, students will learn from, collaborate with, and draw on the experiences of their peers.
All PhD candidates in the College of Science partner with world-class faculty and work in facilities designed to inspire creativity, foster exploration, and fuel discovery. They will conduct important research, often collaborating across disciplines, with personalized mentorships.Explore our research areas
How the Connected Science Community PhD programs work
Upon joining your PhD program, you will also join a Connected Science Community of PhD students across the College of Science. During the summer before your first year, you will participate in workshops to develop key skills, explore university resources, and learn about potential post-PhD careers, while also having the opportunity to begin lab rotations or thesis work.
During Fall semester of your first year, you will begin coursework and continue research in your department. Throughout your first year and beyond, you will continue your research while sustaining your Connected Science Community through seminars, workshops, and social activities.
Preparing for an Outstanding, High-Level Career
Throughout their training, candidates develop the Career and Core Skills employers value and gain inside knowledge of the outstanding career opportunities open to PhD graduates. After their first year, they can join the NU LEADERs Program – exploring and applying principles of leadership and teamwork – and gain powerful problem-solving skills that promote career flexibility.
As an integral part of their training, candidates will have extensive opportunities to gain external work experience through Northeastern’s PhD Network. They will be matched with career opportunities and develop an extensive network of prospective employers and connections.
Northeastern is one of the only universities in the world to offer all PhD students experiential learning opportunities outside of their primary research group. Placements are flexible,customizable, and tailored to the interests of students and partners.Learn more
Career and Core Skills for success
Working with peers, expert faculty, and practitioners, you will get hands on epxerience in:
- Understanding the Banquet of Careers open to a PhD candidate
- Defining and solving a problem
- Working as a team
- Dealing with Data
- Learning how to teach anyone
- Developing brilliant communications skills
- Working as an entrepreneur
- Building confidence
- Working ethically
- Practicing diversity, equity, and inclusion
Work experience is an integral part of training, to give insight into outstanding careers, and build your network.
- Students will be matched with work opportunities of interest.
- The Northeastern LEADERs Program (from the PhD Network) prepares you for professional experience.
Industry and Career Opportunities for PhD Graduates
- Research: Academia, Industry, Government
- Industry: Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Chemical
- Communication: Science Writing and other Media
- Policy: Government, Ethics, Security, Science Policy
- Business: Consulting, Management, Finance, Entrepreneurship
- Education: Practice and Leadership
Apply to the Connected Science Community PhD programs
- Choose and apply to the department program with research of greatest interest to you
- Upon acceptance to your program, you are also admitted into the Connected Science Community
- The program includes a full tuition scholarship, a graduate assistant position with stipend, and health insurance.
- Fall Admission Priority Deadline: December 1
- Rolling Admissions: Through March 15, pending availability
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