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Molecular and Cellular Biology (PhD)

The PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology is an interdisciplinary degree awarded by the Graduate College.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines 

  • Fall semester admission—January 1
  • Spring semester—Offered only if space is available; contact the department
  • Summer session—January 1

Application Procedures 

To apply to this degree program, you will need to submit some application materials to the Biosciences Centralized Application System and some to the Office of Admissions.

Materials to send to the Biosciences Centralized Application System:

Materials to send to Admissions:

  • A set of your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • Your official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University's institutional code is 6681).
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.


Once your Preliminary Application is approved by the Molecular & Cellular Biology Program, you may Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa. If you cannot pay by credit card, you may Download and Print an Application (PDF) and pay the fee by check or money order in U.S. currency made payable to "The University of Iowa."

Contact Information 

Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
354 MRC
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
800-551-6787 or 319-335-7748

Biosciences Centralized Application System
The University of Iowa
Phone: 319-335-8306 

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396