Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. degree: a 5-6 year program. Students in good standing are fully supported until they finish their degrees. Our financial support includes a stipend, tuition, fees, and health insurance. During the first year, students take several courses and seminars, while exploring faculty research interests through rotations in different laboratories. By the beginning of the second year, students will have chosen a research mentor and identified a research problem -- laying the groundwork for their dissertation projects.

Requirements: A Bachelor's degree or its equivalent is required for admission to the Doctoral program. A previously earned Master's degree is NOT required to enter the program. 

Expected background: Prior to admission students should have a strong undergraduate background in biology including physics, organic and inorganic chemistry, calculus, and advanced Biology courses.

Applications: Made online through the Rackham Graduate School, which oversees the requirements of all Ph.D. degrees. See the Rackham admissions site for more information.

Deadline: All application materials must be submitted by January 5.

Ph.D. candidates are accepted Fall term only.

Rackham Graduate School

Among the materials required for applications are: 

  • general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores 
  • a statement of research interests and experience
  • three letters of recommendation
  • transcripts from all academic institutions attended 

Ph.D. Admissions into MCDB