How to Apply

Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.), Master of Arts (M. A.) by research thesis (2 year) or examination (1 year). For M.A. applicants, please specify which track, M.A. by research thesis (2 years) or examination (1 year), you intend to apply in your statement of purpose.

Admission Criteria

MCDB welcomes applicants with a passion for science and desire to contribute to research. Strong academic preparation in biology, biological specialty areas (such as biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, microbiology, molecular biology, physiology, genetics and marine biology), chemistry, or physical sciences is required. Undergraduate course work should include one year each of general biology and chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, and physics. Recommended upper division courses include biochemistry, molecular genetics and related elective courses. The Admissions Committee weighs many factors, including the undergraduate scholastic record, GRE scores, laboratory research experience, statement of purpose, and recommendation letters. In particular, research experience and the research mentor’s letter are carefully considered. Accordingly, admission is offered based on the intellectual potential, academic record and programmatic fit of each applicant.

Application Information

For detailed information on how to apply go here "Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology Graduate Degree Program"

All applicants must apply via the web using the UCSB E-App.

International Applicants

All international applicants must submit a pre-application through the UCSB Graduate Division before they can officially apply to the MCDB program. International students from non-English speaking nations must demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

Application Deadline

  • All MA/PhD and PhD application materials must be submitted by December 5, 2016.
  • All MA application materials must be submitted by February 27, 2017.
  • Applications are only considered for the Fall quarter of each year.

Required Application Materials

(submit ALL materials in the online application)

  1. Three letters of recommendation
  2. Scanned copy of official transcripts
  3. Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV
  4. GRE scores (and TOEFL scores if applicable)

GRE Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical) are required of all applicants. The GRE subject test is not required, but may be taken in one of the following categories: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, or Chemistry.

TOEFL Scores

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required for international students from non-English speaking countries, except those who have completed an undergraduate or graduate education at an institution whose primary language of instruction is English. The minimum TOEFL score is 80 internet-based test, 550 for paper-based test or IELTS overall band score of 7. For submission of TOEFL scores, the UCSB institution code is 4835, and no department code is necessary.