Graduate Program

Graduate Program


Molecular & Cellular Biology Graduate Research Program

The graduate program in Molecular & Cellular Biology prepares students for careers in modern biological research. The diverse faculty offer broad training that includes research experience in:

  • Aging
  • Cancer biology
  • Drug discovery
  • Epigenetics
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Protein structure
  • Virology

Our faculty are nationally recognized for their research.  Faculty members have received research grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, as well as state agencies and private foundations.  Faculty have published in prestigious journals including Nature, Science, Molecular Cell, Oncogene, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, PNAS, and Methods in Enzymology and Biochemistry.

The graduate program offers three degree options: PhD, MS and MA. A five-year combined BS-MS program also is offered.

Recent graduates of the PhD program have gone on to postdoctoral positions at elite research institutions such as Harvard Medical School, Yale University, UT Southwestern Medical School, and Notre Dame.

To apply: contact the Graduate Studies Office of Dedman College at SMU. Specific questions about the MCB graduate program should be directed to Professor Robert Harrod, in the Department of Biological Sciences (rharrod@smu.edu).   The Department of Biological Sciences offers numerous tuition scholarships, teaching assistantships, and faculty research assistantships to doctoral students.

Financial Support:  The Department of Biological Sciences offers numerous tuition scholarships, teaching assistantships, and faculty research assistantships to doctoral students. 

The University also offers additional opportunities for Graduate Student Funding