Molecular & Cell Biology Graduate Program

Tharun Sundaresan, Ph.D.
Director of MCB Graduate Program
Phone: (301) 295-9324

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

Tina Finley
Administrative Officer, MCB Graduate Program
Phone (301) 295-3642
FAX (301) 295-1996


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MCB: Free Application

Application Process and Financial Support

You may apply by clicking the following link -

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 civilian students with an attractive financial support package. Further information regarding financial support at USU can be found at

There are no tuition charges for graduate students at USU, nor is there any requirement in the form of government or military service. Most required textbooks are provided 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)

The GRE is optional for Fall 2021 Admission. Not submitting the GRE will not be counted against an applicant.  Applicants submitting GREs will not be given preference over those without GREs. Please disregard any information that states the GRE is required for graduate admission.

After submitting an complete application and review from the committee, students will be required to undergo several interviews with MCB faculty. Interviews occur, with invitation, 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 1.

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