Apply to the PhD program in the Molecular and Computational Biology Section at USC to join a diverse group of researchers working on cutting-edge research in areas such as biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, evolutionary biology, and genetics.
Admission Deadline: December 15
Two tracks for admission
Open Admission Track – Students admitted through the Open Admission track will do three ~8 week rotations in research labs during their first year. After the 3rd rotation is complete, in the Spring of their first year, students will join one of these three labs to complete their dissertation research.
Direct Admission Track – Students admitted through Direct Admission have already identified their research advisor before applying to the program. They start research directly in the chosen lab at the beginning of the first semester, without rotations. Note that applicants who would like to apply for the direct admission track must get approval from the selected research advisor prior to submitting their application or the application will not be considered.
• Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
• Three letters of recommendation
• Personal Statement
• TOEFL scores (for international students)
• application fee – $90 (email email@example.com for waiver requests)
Note: GRE scores are not required for admission to the PhD program
Meet the MCB PhD Program Faculty!
Faculty listed here can train graduate students in the MCB PhD Program
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Information for international students
Country of citizenship requirement for international students
English proficiency requirement for international students
MCB PhD Program Admissions – FAQs
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