Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Application

    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:

    • At least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Strong background in biology
    • Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (Institution code: 1833; Department code: 0208). See our frequently asked questions about admissions for recommended scores
    • Scores from the TOEFL exam if English is not the student's primary language (Institute code: 1833; Department code: 99)
    • Three to four letters of recommendation to be submitted electronically

    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.

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    Become a Preferred Applicant

    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:

    1. A no-cost review of your academic credentials / scores and feedback from the Director of Admissions as to whether your application is likely to be competitive, prior to formally applying to the program.
    2. A direct connection with our Program Coordinator via Skype, email and telephone and special assistance with the application procedure if your application is deemed to be competitive.
    3. Early consideration for special scholarships and awards.

    Application Process

    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.

    Application Fee

    Payment of the $65.00 application fee for US applicants (domestic) and $70 for non-US applicants (international) is required in order to submit your application. For further instructions, please see the application instructions on the Graduate School website.

    Personal Background Statement / Essay

    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.

    Recommendation Letters

    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.

    Transcripts

    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.


  • Interviews

    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.

 
  • Become a Preferred Applicant

    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:

    1. A no-cost review of your academic credentials / scores and feedback from the Director of Admissions as to whether your application is likely to be competitive, prior to formally applying to the program.
    2. A direct connection with our Program Coordinator via Skype, email and telephone and special assistance with the application procedure if your application is deemed to be competitive.
    3. Early consideration for special scholarships and awards.
  • Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program.
    Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program.
  • Contact Us

    For more information about our program, and to find out if you are eligible for an application fee waiver, please contact our Program Coordinator, Amanda Middleton at amanda.middleton@cchmc.org  or 513-636-4545.
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