To enter our graduate program in Molecular and Cell Biology you will need a minimum combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative GRE exams. For foreign applicants, a TOEFL of at least 80 is required.
Your admission to the graduate program requires approval by the Graduate Education Committee (GEC). The major factor for admission rests on the judgment of Committee members that you have a reasonable chance of successfully completing M.S. and Ph.D. degree requirements.
Outstanding Ph.D. degree applicants will receive a full tuition and fees scholarship, medical health care benefits, and a stipend of $13,500. The total value of the package for the 9 month 2009-2010 academic year, including stipend, medical insurance, and scholarship, was approximately $23,729. Attractive and inexpensive student apartments are available on campus.
If you are interested in utilizing the methods of molecular and cell biology, including genomics and proteomics, to answer important biologic questions, then fill in the pre-application form on this web site and start the process of earning your Ph.D. or M.S. degree at an elite southwestern University.
The graduate experience
Your graduate education begins with well-taught core courses in Biochemistry Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Macromolecular Physical Chemistry. As a Master's or Ph.D. candidate, you will conduct cutting-edge research in a laboratory of your choosing. You have many options because our full-time faculty members work on a wide range of important subjects including:
- bacteria-plant symbiosis
- cell death by apoptosis
- DNA protein complexes
- eukaryotic and prokarotic gene expression
- genetic recombination
- insect toxin receptors
- mitochondrial biogenesis
- sickle cell disease
Our faculty members are dedicated to teaching. And your classroom experiences will be balanced with a substantial research program that serves as the basis for our mentor-based teaching methods.
Lab work will expose you to state-of-the-art research techniques used to understand the molecular mechanisms of biological processes such as development, gene expression, growth regulation and carcinogenesis.
Our facilities include new equipment such as:
- Leica confocal microscope system
- ThermoFinnigan ion trap mass spectrometer
- BD Biosciences fluorescence activated cell sorter
- Atomic force microscope
- DNA chip reader
You will have a wide selection of elective courses to follow your specific interests.
- Updated: October 6, 2010