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:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

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, and neurobiology.Students also take advantage of research, internship, and career opportunities afforded by Brandeis' close proximity to the scientific and medical hub of Boston. 

Cells, the basic unit of life, are extraordinarily complex systems. A complete understanding this complexity requires the integration of knowledge and techniques from biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, molecular biology, and cell biology. The MCB program draws from the strength of our faculty in all of these areas to create a broad and flexible training program. Students learn from our internationally recognized faculty through small classes, seminars, and research rotations.

The MCB Program offers separate tracks for MS and PhD degrees. The MS program includes rigorous coursework and research experiences designed to prepare students for advanced health/science graduate programs or entry into the workforce. Select MS students can transition into the MCB PhD program at Brandeis. The PhD program trains independent scientists, emphasizing deep disciplinary knowledge, quantitative approaches to experimental design/analysis and communication skills.

The MCB faculty are committed to providing outstanding science education and training and a transformational graduate experience to all students. Brandeis’s collaborative educational and work environment supports ethical, innovative and excellent science. The MCB program strives to maintain an inclusive scientific community that values group and individual difference, broadens participation and promotes diversity and equity in science.


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Eligibility Requirements:

All applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree or the international equivalent prior to matriculation. Applicants are considered holistically on the basis of a number of factors. In most cases, previous work as an undergraduate major or as a formal minor (18 credits or more) is desirable. However, an applicant should always check with the biology department concerning the suitability of previous academic work as it pertains to the degree program in question.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

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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