Pre-requisites for admission to the PhD program

  • A baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  • A grade-point average (GPA) of 3.2 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
  • A strong background in biology and/or biochemistry
  • Previous research experience is preferred
  • TOEFL score if English is not the student’s primary language (institution code:1833; Department code: 99)
  • Three to four letters of recommendation to be submitted electronically
  • The MDB Program no longer requires the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for admission

We strongly encourage all applicants to complete the Applicant Information Form upon starting your application to the MDB Program.  For more information, please contact our Program Manager, Amanda Middleton at or 513-636-4545.

A Message from the Associate Director of Admissions

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We are glad you are interested in our graduate program and are always looking for motivated and talented students to pursue their PhD research with us. We offer a rigorous and rewarding course of study with unparalleled access to world-class faculty and a renowned children's hospital. We are confident you will find an exciting area of research within our program and can answer any questions you might have. Welcome to the MDB program and Cincinnati Children's!

Doug Millay, PhD
Associate Director of Admissions
Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program