Admission Requirements

The Cellular and Molecular Biology Ph.D. program is open to qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing. To be admitted with full status to the program, the applicant must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an educational institution of recognized standing.
  • At the baccalaureate level, have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) in all courses of at least 3.0 or equivalent. Incoming students holding a previous graduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or equivalent may be admitted in full standing. Applications may be submitted directly to The Graduate School at any time.
  • Have adequate preparation and show potential to undertake advanced study and research as evidenced by academic performance and experience.
  • If possible, applicants should identify at least one cellular and molecular biology faculty member with whom they wish to study.

Test Requirements

  • GRE

English Proficiency Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT 71
  • IELTS 6.0

Incoming Course Requirements

The following undergraduate courses have been identified as required for graduate work in the CMB program:


  • One year of general biology with laboratory and one course in genetics are required. Cellular biology or cellular physiology, animal or plant physiology, and microbiology are recommended.


  • One year of general chemistry with laboratory and two sequential terms of organic chemistry with laboratory are required. Biochemistry is recommended.


  • Two terms of life sciences calculus are required.


  • Two sequential terms of general physics with laboratories (above the concept level) are required.

In addition, introductory courses in computer science, statistics, and technical writing are recommended. Deficiencies in required courses may be made up within the first year of resident study without graduate credit.

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