Apply online at Texas Common Application. All application materials should be submitted online - please DO NOT send paper materials or duplicate paper copies of the online application. Please submit your application by December 1, 2017 for admission to the doctoral program in Cell and Molecular Biology for Fall 2018. Applications received after that date will be considered, but it may not be feasible to complete the review of late applications in time for invitations to recruitment visits. UT-Austin only admits students seeking a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology and only in the fall semester.

 

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Please use this checklist to ensure that you are submitting all the necessary materials.  The GRE and TOEFL scores will be sent directly from ETS upon your request.  All other supporting materials should be uploaded electronically. 

Application

Please fill out the Texas Common Application. The Cell and Molecular Biology major code is 615400.   Detailed instructions for applying are given on the Graduate and International Admissions Center website. For other questions, please see our FAQs.

Application processing fee

$65 for US applicants; $90 for international applicants who have not previously been enrolled at UT Austin.  The application fee can be submitted via the applicaiton website.

Three letters of recommendation

When you complete the "References" portion of the online application for admission, you will give the names and email addresses of those you have asked to recommend you. Be sure that the email addresses are current and accurate.

You will be asked to inform us if you are going to waive the right to view your letters after they are submitted. Please indicate this by answering the associated question on the application for admission.

We will send an e-mail message to the references you provide and ask your recommenders to visit a web site where they can complete a questionnaire. Your recommenders will be informed if you have not waived your right to view their letter of recommendation. From the My Status website, you can monitor pending recommendations, resend a Request for Reference, add a new recommender, and revise your FERPA (right to view) status. If you have any questions, please email the Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator.

Personal statement of purpose

There are no official guidelines for the statement of purpose. We recommend that you use the statement of purpose as an opportunity to tell us about yourself including your science-specific research experiences, why you are choosing to enter into this field and/or what you hope to accomplish in the field of science.  Your statement of purpose can be uploaded directly to the online application.

Current CV/resume

Your up-to-date CV or resume should include your educational background, relevant courses taken, related employment experience, relevant research experiences and any publications sent to Graduate and International Admissions Center.

Official transcripts

Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be sent to Graduate and International Admissions Center. Detailed instructions are given on the Graduate and International Admissions Center website for uploading materials to your My Status page. For other questions, please see our FAQs.

Official GRE scores

Please arrange to have your official GRE scores sent to the Graduate and International Admissions Center by ETS.  The Institution code for the University of Texas at Austin for GRE score reports is 6882. No department code is necessary. 

Only test scores mailed directly from the testing agency are considered official.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program does not require GRE subject tests.  

Test scores more than five years old will not be accepted.

Detailed instructions are given on the Graduate and International Admissions Center website. For other questions, please see our FAQs.

Official TOEFL scores for International students

International students whose native language is not English must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  Please arrange to have your official scores sent to the Graduate and International Admissions Center by ETS.   The Institution code for the University of Texas at Austin for TOEFL score reports is 6882. No department code is necessary. 

Only test scores mailed directly from the testing agency are considered official.

If you hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country, you will receive a waiver of the TOEFL.

More information about language testing may be found at the Graduate and International Admissions Center.


Once complete, please check your application status and documents received here.

After the admissions committee reviews applications, qualified applicants may be invited to interview during a recruitment visit in January or February. These visits provide a great opportunity to interact with faculty and current graduate students, experience our campus, and tour Austin.

Commitment to Diversity

The Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program is committed to providing educational opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the biological sciences. We strongly encourage students of all backgrounds to apply. In addition to the support from our department, the University of Texas at Austin offers a number of fellowships to promote graduate study and diversity.

Contact

If you have any questions please check our application FAQs or feel free to contact our Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator.