Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Molecular and Cell Biology


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S., Ph.D.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

How do organisms function at the molecular and cellular levels? The goal of Brandeis' Molecular and Cell Biology Graduate Program is to train aspiring scientists interested in solving this 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 in Brandeis' state-of-the-art Science Complex. Students also take advantage of research, internship, and career opportunities afforded by Brandeis' close proximity to the scientific and medical hub of Boston. 

The Brandeis Graduate Program in Molecular and Cell Biology offers excellent training in a broad range of biological study. The research interests of our faculty can be roughly grouped into four major areas: Molecular Biology; Genetics and Development; Structural and Cell Biology; and Neurobiology. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of our program, many of our faculty also participate in other Brandeis programs in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, and Neurobiology.

We prepare our students for a career in scientific research through:

  •  A flexible curriculum of courses tailored for each student's specific needs
  • Thesis research under the personal direction of a faculty member.
  • Entering students participate in lab rotations that acquaint them with current research techniques and permit exploration of possible research areas

Students in the Molecular and Cell Biology program benefit from the extremely interactive nature of the Life Sciences at Brandeis. The small size of the departments and individual research groups allows extensive collaborations and interactions among and within research groups.

We encourage you to learn more about our programs, located just outside of Boston with its world-renowned academic and scientific resources -- an ideal location for internships, research, and career opportunities. As part of the Boston Area Graduate Consortium, Brandeis students are welcome to take advantage of the curricular opportunities at several area schools.

Generous scholarships and fellowships are available. Successful applicants to the Ph.D. programs in the life sciences are offered full tuition waivers, a stipend, and health insurance allowance. Many of our master’s students receive generous scholarships.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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