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Graduate Programs in Molecular and Cell Biology

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About the Program

How do organisms function at the molecular and cellular levels? The goal of Brandeis University's Molecular and Cell Biology graduate program is to train aspiring scientists interested in solving this fundamental question. Students acquire a broad knowledge about current developments in molecular and cell biology, learn to be effective scientific communicators, and are trained to perform independent scientific research. Research areas include genetics, molecular biology, developmental biology, cell biology, structural biology, immunology, and neurobiology.

Students in the Ph.D. program are eligible to participate in the interdepartmental graduate program in Quantitative Biology, which provides training in new research fields that cross the traditional boundaries between the life sciences and the physical sciences.

Brandeis, a leader in research in the life sciences, offers the rare combination of an internationally recognized research university in a small college setting that promotes close interactions with prestigious faculty. Our suburban campus is just 20 minutes from the bustling academic and biotechnology centers of Boston and Cambridge.


We encourage you to explore one of the department’s greatest assets through our faculty pages.

Courses and Degree Requirements

For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar.

How to Apply 

Application Deadlines:

M.S.: For fall admission: rolling through June 1; application review begins January 15; For spring admission, 2016 (Please note, spring 2015 admission is not available due to a full cohort): November 15 for domestic students, and October 15th for international students (due to time-constraints in visa acquisition).
Ph.D.: For fall admission: December 15. Late applications may be considered, but first consideration will be given to applications received by the deadline.

Admission Requirements:

To apply for all programs, you need to submit:

  • An online application;
  • An application fee (please click here for more information);
  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions;
  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted electronically;
  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;
  • statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program and your objectives in undertaking this program. Also, please outline your research interests and how they would complement those of our faculty.
  • Ph.D. applicants should be prepared to attach to their application a listing of previous research experience, which should include the name of the company/university, the name of PI/professor/supervisor, location, dates started and ended, and topic(s) studied.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required. Our ETS institution code is 3092. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) may be substituted for the GRE exam for applicants to the M.S. program. 

International students:  For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Financial Aid

Generous financial aid is available; for more information please visit Financial Aid.

Careers and Alumni

Students and alumni can work closely with Career Services for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking.