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Cell and Molecular (Ph.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Department of Biology offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Cell and Molecular. The Cell and Molecular Biology degree offers specialized tracks in both Stem Cell and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, with special emphasis on infectious diseases. The Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology is awarded to candidates who have displayed an in-depth understanding of the subject matter and demonstrated the ability to make an original contribution to knowledge in their field of specialty.

Why pursue a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology?

A large group of faculty actively engaged in a wide range of research interests.

A highly-structured Ph.D. curriculum designed to foster the success of students and graduation within five years.

A highly interactive and well-conceived curriculum designed to train students in all aspects of cell & molecular biology, including intellectual advancement as well as training in specific research areas.

Admission Prerequisites:

 Required Degree Bachelor's degree, preferably in biology and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper division and graduate work.
 Other Degree Requirements

Admission to the program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Competitive applicants often exceed minimum requirements.

For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.

Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a Graduate School application.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not required.
 Letters of Recommendation  Three letters of recommendation are required from academic or professional sources familiar with the applicant’s background, attesting to the student’s academic and personal attributes for success in the program and potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree.
 Statement of Purpose Required, a written personal statement/essay describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology.
 Test Scores Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from a recent (no more than five years old) administration of the examination.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429,, or online at
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other None.


Career Options Available for a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate

Completion of the CMB Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in academia, biotechnology, biomedical industries, government research, or positions in research institutes.

Research taking place in the Cellular and Molecular Biology (Ph.D.) program

Provide expertise in bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology, immunology, vaccinology, biodefense, and molecular genetics. Click here for a list of faculty associated with the CMB Ph.D. program and links to descriptions of their research programs.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: John McCarrey, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-4507

Degree Website: Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Biology

Degree Catalog Link:


Funding Opportunities

Teaching and research assistantships are offered, as well as research fellowships.

Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • This program is housed on UTSA’s Main campus.
  • The CMB Ph.D. curriculum is offered through daytime courses only. Participation in the CMB Ph.D. program is considered a full-time activity.