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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 Requirements and Prerequisites
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.
All applicants must submit the following material for evaluation:
Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
Graduate School Application: Yes
Test Scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from a recent (no more than five years old) administration of the examination.
Resume: Professional Résumé or Curriculum Vitae.
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: Yes, a written personal statement/essay describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology.
Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 7.0.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 100 or 600 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.
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.