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Our innovative doctoral program includes the following key features:

  • Approximately four to five years from matriculation to Ph.D.
  • A broad representation of the biological sciences
  • A first year with course work and laboratory rotations in separate phases
  • Emphasis on the principles of scientific reasoning and logic as well as the importance of ethics and effective communication
  • Continued advanced course instruction throughout the graduate curriculum
  • Extensive mentoring and support in large part through our “two-tier” mentoring program


Alexander Gann

Message from Dean Alexander Gann

Welcome to the Watson School of Biological Sciences....


Applications now being accepted for the WSBS Ph.D. program

All applicants must apply online by December 1, 2017. GRE General Test scores are recommended. Institution code is 2856, TOEFL score code is 9066

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Abram Handly-Santana

The cohesive nature of the faculty and labs on campus is truly unique to Cold Spring Harbor.

Abram Handly-Santana
Graduating Class of 2017