PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology

Admission Requirements

The department accepts only applicants who wish to be candidates for the PhD. Applicants are not admitted as candidates for the MS as a terminal degree. Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

  • Baccalaureate Field Biology or a closely related field. Students who have majored in other fields may be admitted if they show substantial evidence of ability to complete the program.
  • Grade Point Average At least 2.75/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required GRE General.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Test); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (revised Paper-Delivered Test), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required.
  • Personal Statement Required. The statement must address the applicant’s research interests and career goals.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Science

The MS degree is not offered as a terminal degree, except by special arrangement for PhD candidates.

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 32.
  • Course Work
Course Title
Required Courses
Students must take or show proficiency in three of the following four courses:
Physiology
Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Cell Biology
Students must also take or show proficiency in:
Research Methods I
Research Methods II
Integrative Biology
At least 3 additional semester hours in a 500-level course specifically related to the thesis research proposed.
  • Comprehensive Examination None.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Thesis required. No other options are available.
  • Other Requirements All graduate students must serve once as laboratory teaching assistants for one of the following: Tissue Biology, Neuroanatomy, or one section of Gross Human Anatomy.

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 96 from the baccalaureate.
  • Course Work
Course Title
Required Courses
Students must take or show proficiency in three of the following four courses:
Physiology
Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Cell Biology
Students must also take or show proficiency in:
Research Methods I
Research Methods II
Integrative Biology
GEMS Research Rotation
At least 6 additional semester hours must be in 500-level courses specifically related to the dissertation research proposed.
  • Preliminary Examination Required; oral examination based on a proposal in the National Research Service Award format.
  • Dissertation Required.
  • Other Requirements All graduate students must serve once as laboratory teaching assistants for one of the following: Tissue Biology, Neuroanatomy, or one section of Gross Human Anatomy.

Interdepartmental Concentrations

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in select concentrations after consulting with their graduate advisor. Interdepartmental concentrations available for this degree include: