The Molecular Biosciences Ph.D. Program is an interdisciplinary program that focuses
on the study of biological problems at the molecular level using chemical, computational,
mathematical, physical, and statistical approaches as well as conventional biological
approaches. A number of faculty from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematical
Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy participate in the program, which offers students
a truly diverse education. Faculty participants are engaged in a variety of research
- Cell Biology
- Environmental Toxicology
- Evolutionary Biology
- Molecular Modeling
- Structural Biology
The goals of the Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biosciences are:
- To provide rigorous academic preparation for the study of molecular patterns and processes
of biological systems at an advanced level. This preparation will enable a MBS graduate
to compete for future employment in academia, government, and/or industry.
- To develop in-depth research ability in a specific area within the MBS sub-disciplines.
This will be accomplished initially by engaging students in bench research with faculty
mentors and later by requiring them to design and conduct in-depth research as independent
scientists who contribute original knowledge to the discipline and successfully complete
- To develop the ability to communicate scientific concepts to others through writing
and submitting manuscripts to scientific journals and presenting the results of research
at scientific conferences and symposia.
- To develop and nurture the skills that will lead to excellence in classroom and laboratory
teaching as future faculty members.
A strength of the Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences is the individual attention available
to the students and the strong mentoring relationship between the program faculty
and the students. If you have any questions about the Ph.D. program, please contact
the Graduate Program Director.
To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biosciences program, a student
must submit to the College of Graduate Studies:
- Online application and appropriate application fee
- Official transcript of all colleges, universities (including business and technical
schools). If the transcripts are issued from an international (non-US) institution,
a course-by course analysis is required. Original non-US transcripts should be submitted
directly to the evaluation service. (Click here for more information on non-US transcripts.)
- Official Test Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- For admission into the Molecular Biosciences Ph.D. Program, students should score
in the 50th percentile or higher on both the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the
- International students that are seeking a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) must
score a 25 or higher on the Speaking subscale of the iBT TOEFL test or a 6.5 or higher
on the Speaking subscale of the IELTS test.
- Three letters of recommendation