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Molecular, Cellular and Structural Biology Program

The rapid pace of scientific discovery and the development of new technologies offer students an unparalleled freedom to engage in interdisciplinary research. In recognition of these emerging opportunities, the graduate programs in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics (BMBB) and in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics (MCDBG) have merged their first year graduate training into a combined Graduate Studies in Molecular, Cellular and Structural Biology (MCSB) curriculum.

Admissions

Admission to MCSB is highly competitive. Out of approximately 200 applications per year, 8-10 students are admitted, 2-4 of whom are international. Competitive applications will have GPAs of 3.3 or better and GRE percentile ranks on all 3 sections at the 70th percentile or higher. Excellence in laboratory work often accompanies a successful application.

Utilize the resources on this page to learn more about application requirements and processes.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is December 1st. Spring semester admission is not offered. Below is the Office of Graduate Admission link.

Admission Criteria

Students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds may be admitted to the program, though a strong application includes a solid foundation in basic biology, along with biochemistry and genetics. Though not required, recommended academic preparation includes one year each of calculus, organic chemistry, and physics.

Laboratory research experience is often the distinguishing feature of a successful application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide letters of recommendation from supervisors of lab work. Please reference FAQ to review what the admissions committee will look for in your application.

Required Materials

Applications cannot be reviewed until all of the following required materials are submitted successfully online:

  • Online application
  • Application fee (cannot be waived)
  • Transcripts (either official or unofficial accepted)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general scores (Subject GRE test is not mandatory)
  • English Language test scores (TOEFL or IELTS, only international students)
Application Process

All application materials must be uploaded directly to the ApplyYourself application system. Do NOT mail any paper documents to the Graduate School Admissions Office. Print off the checklist below and use it for your reference as you complete your application through the ApplyYourself online system of the Graduate School Admissions Office: http://www.grad.umn.edu/admissions

Print and utilize the Application Checklist to ensure that you complete your application correctly and completely. Make sure all materials are included before you submit. You will NOT be able to add or change any materials after you have submitted. If materials are forgotten, email mcsb@umn.edu for help.

Frequently Asked Questions

View FAQ for answers to the most commonly asked admissions questions.

Admission Decision

A decision on your application will be emailed to you after your application has been carefully reviewed by the admissions committee. See FAQ for admissions timeline.