Department of Biological Sciences

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics



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 MS and PhD degree requirements.

Outstanding PhD degree applicants will receive a stipend of $16,200 and a scholarship which pays for tuition and fees. The total value of the package for the 9 month academic year is approximately $29,000. Attractive and inexpensive student apartments are available on campus.

If you are interested in utilizing the methods of molecular and cell biology, including genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics to answer important questions in biology, then fill in the pre-application form on this web site and start the process of earning your PhD or MS degree at an elite southwestern University.

Application Guidelines.

The graduate experience

Your graduate education begins with core courses in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Mathematical Biology. As a PhD candidate, you will conduct cutting-edge research in a laboratory of your choosing. Masters students also have opportunities to do laboratory research. Research in the department of Molecular and Cell Biology is organized into five areas of strength, which are:

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 gene expression, protein structure and function, carcinogenesis, neurodegeneration, bacterial pathogenicity and symbioses, metabolism, and signaling networks.

The department is well equipped for research in modern molecular and cell biology, facilities include next generation sequencing platforms, cell imaging systems, protein and small molecule mass spectrometry, and cell sorting.

You will have a wide selection of elective courses to follow your specific interests.

  • Updated: July 22, 2015