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Department of Molecular Biology

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources


Ph.D. Program in Molecular Biology

(for a list of current MOLB Ph.D. students, please click here)

This program is designed for students who know which lab they want to join before starting the Ph.D., as opposed to the inter-departmental MCLS program that involves rotations through 4 different groups during the first year before joining a research group

Summary of program (details of the program are available upon request)



Contact the MOLB faculty member you wish to pursue graduate studies with to coordinate your application. You will need to provide a CV, a 2-page statement of research interests and career plans, contact information for three references, transcripts from previous institutions you have studied at, and GRE scores (those with an M.S. degree may be excluded from this requirement, particularly if it is from a global top 500 university according to ARWU).


Course Work

72 hours of research and course credits are required. Absolute requirements include 6 credits of graduate Biochemistry and 2 credits of research seminar.


Qualifying Exams

There are two oral exams, one at the end of the first year on the research project and one at the end of the second year on a novel topic.


Teaching Requirements

Each student is required to TA one semester during their Ph.D. studies.


Dissertation and Final Exam

Students are required to complete a final oral exam, submit a dissertation, and present the work publicly.

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