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Thank you for your inquiry about the Molecular & Developmental Biology Graduate Program at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. You may apply to the program online on the University of Cincinnati website.
Applicants are required to apply by March 1 of the year in which they desire admission, but are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after August 1 for early consideration as we are on a rolling admissions schedule. First year students begin their studies at the beginning of July.
For admission to the program, a student should have:
In addition, a background in chemistry, physics, and mathematics is also preferred. For more information, please see our frequently asked questions about admissions.
International students may want to review the University of Cincinnati’s International Student Guide.
If you would like to be considered as a preferred applicant, please complete our short questionnaire. By doing so, you will be entered in our database as a preferred applicant and receive the following benefits:
The UC Graduate School Online Application is required. Apply online on the University of Cincinnati website.
The MDB Program is located in the College of Medicine and is NOT the same as the Biological Science program offered through the College of Arts & Sciences. Please be sure that you are applying to the correct program as you cannot change your program choice once you have applied.
No hard copies will be accepted. Your personal background statement (about your academic background, research experience, motivation to do a PhD, and career goals) will be submitted electronically with your application. When this is done, we will get an email notifying the program that someone has applied and that his or her personal statement has been submitted. It is part of the application process.
Letters of Recommendation from people qualified to assess your ability to succeed in a research-intensive graduate program are required by the UC Graduate School Online Application. The MDB program requires a minimum of three letters, but will accept a fourth letter. The online application will direct you to submit names and contact information for your recommenders. Please obtain permission from your recommenders prior to submitting their names in your application. This is important, because you will not be able to revise the names after you submit your online application. Your listed recommenders will receive an email with instructions for submitting letters approximately 1-2 days after you submit your online application.
Official transcripts are no longer required unless you are selected for interview. Please upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the University of Cincinnati's Graduate School Application portal. If you are selected for interview we will make arrangements to receive your official transcripts as needed.
After preliminary screening of all applications, selected applicants may be scheduled for an all-expenses-paid interview in Cincinnati. The interview serves as an opportunity for the applicant to meet faculty and graduate students, and to see the program's research facilities and for members of the Program to evaluate the prospective student. Applicants may also be requested to participate in a webcam/Skype interview if it is difficult for them to visit Cincinnati.
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