Molecular & Cell Biology Graduate Program

Mary Lou Cutler, Ph.D.
Director of MCB Graduate Program
Phone: (301) 295-3453

Rachel Cox, Ph.D.
Director of MCB Recruitment & Admissions
Phone: (301) 295-9791

Frank Shewmaker, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of MCB Recruitment & Admissions
Phone: (301) 295-3527

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MCB: Free Application

Application Process and Financial Support

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Applications are accepted throughout the year. However, for full consideration and evaluation for stipend support, completed applications should be received by December 1 for matriculation in August. There is no application fee. 

USUHS provides an attractive package of financial support that is administered as a federal salary. This support is available on a competitive basis to all civilian doctoral students.  Awards are made on an annual basis and are renewable for up to three years, after which students are supported by either fellowships that they are awarded or by grants awarded to their mentors.  The financial support for first year civilian graduate students is $34,311 and is increased to $35,486 following advancement to candidacy. This income is taxable and subject to social security, Medicare and retirement (FERS) withholding. As federal employees, students receive full federal benefits including standard federal contributions towards health insurance, thrift savings plan (TSP) and transit benefits. There are no tuition or fee charges for graduate students at USUHS, nor is there any requirement in the form of government or military service.  Most textbooks are provided to students without charge. 

USUHS subscribes fully to the policy of equal educational opportunity and accepts students on a competitive basis without regard to race, color, sex, or creed.

To qualify for admission, prospective students must possess a Grade Point Average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale. In addition to the application, prospective students must also provide the following:

  • Complete academic transcripts of postsecondary study
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the academic achievements of the applicant
  • A personal statement that expresses the applicant's career objectives.
  • GRE scores (the General Test is mandatory and a Subject Test in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, or Chemistry is recommended but optional)

After submitting an application, students will be required to undergo several interviews with MCB faculty. Interviews occur during the University's annual Open House in late February.

What's the Catch?  There is no catch! Students are in NO way obligated to perform military service.

Doctoral recipients from USU have taken top research positions in academia and biotechnology companies throughout the country.

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Application Information and Instruction

Deadline: December 1. Complete applications must be received by December 1. to receive full consideration for Fall matriculation.

You may apply by clicking the following link -

All applicants to the USU Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences and Public Health are required to submit the Application Form and a set of specified additional credentials to support the Application.

Online Application.

Supporting Materials. Supporting materials, resume, personal statement, transcripts, letters of recommendation and GRE scores or waiver request must be mailed to the address below and received by December 15.

4301 Jones Bridge Rd, A1045
Bethesda, MD  20814

Questions or Comments? Contact the Graduate Education Office, 301-295-9474 or 800-772-1474 or e-mail