The Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program expects applicants to have a degree in CMB or a similar area and have successfully completed at least one semester each of cell biology and molecular biology and one year each of calculus, organic chemistry and physics. Additional specialty courses and research experience in cell and molecular biology are highly encouraged. Students with any deficiencies in these areas should remedy them before applying to the program.

Recommended Requirements

The University of Texas Graduate School recommends a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in upper-division (junior- and senior-level) coursework and in any graduate work already completed. 

The admissions process is extremely competitive. Over the past 5 years, only 20% of applicants have been admitted into the program; the average GRE score was 322 and the average GPA was 3.62.  Competitive applicants will also have lab experience and strong letters of recommendation.

International applicants are required to have a minimum score of 80 on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) by the University of Texas at Austin.  The IELTS equivalent test score is 6.5-7.0. The average TOEFL score for current ICMB graduate students is 104.  If you hold bachelor's degrees from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country, you will receive a waiver of the TOEFL.

The CMB Graduate Program only accepts students seeking a Ph.D. Admissions are only made for the fall semester.

If you have any questions about program requirement or your qualifications, please feel free to contact our Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator.