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Molecular Biology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #11 (ARWU) Beverly Hills, CA, United States
The Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Doctoral Program (MBIDP) is a vibrant interdisciplinary graduate program committed to training PhD candidates to become the next generation of scientific leaders. Since 1967, the MBIDP has provided training to over 350 Ph.D. students.
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  • Their approach to graduate education has been successful as assessed by the placement of students and their impressive professional trajectory. Many of our alumni have become faculty at top academic institutions, founded major biotech companies, and are scientific leaders all over the US and abroad. A large part of this success stems from the focus and dedicated commitment of the MBIDP faculty towards the students, its interdisciplinary nature, adaptability, and vision.
  • The program provides cutting-edge education and hands-on training in Molecular Regulatory Mechanisms that are shared across organisms and are common within a broad range of disciplines. The philosophy of the program stands on the concept that depth within a specialty and interdisciplinary breadth are critical to shape the minds of the future generations of scientific leaders and develop independent thinkers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses are required in the first year of the program only. Any courses after the first year must be discussed with your mentor and/or be a necessity to fulfill the requirements of a training grant.

The coursework consists of four consecutive five-week courses covering biochemistry/structural biology, cell biology, genetics, and select topics. These courses involve active student participation in small group, discussion-based courses focused on primary research articles. The guiding principle is that students are transitioning from fact-based learning in undergraduate courses to problem-oriented learning that stresses approaches and data interpretation. 

Courses include: 

  • Concepts in Molecular Biosciences
  • Writing for Science Seminar
  • Structural Molecular Biology 
  • Structural Molecular Biology Laboratory 
  • Cell, stem Cell, and Developmental Biology Seminar
  • Mechanisms of Gene Regulation 
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Research and Writing 

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Transcripts
  • GRE Scores
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31949 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31949 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    31949 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31949 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    16847 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16847 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Beverly Hills

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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