Admission & Financial Support


The Department of Molecular Biology reviews applications each year for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. We encourage applications from students of diverse academic backgrounds.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Admission Requirements

The Admission Committee thoroughly evaluates each application; there is no single deciding factor for admission. Promising applicants will be invited for an interview.

A complete application includes:

  •  A completed web-based application.
  • Transcript - scanned version obtained from your college or university.
  • Official GRE exam scores from ETS. While the GRE General Test is required of all applicants, a Subject Test is not. For GRE scores, use Institution Code 2672.
  • Official TOEFL exam scores from ETS for students whose native language is not English and who have not received their undergraduate education in a U.S. college or university.
  • For TOEFL scores, use Institution Code 2672.
  • Three letters of recommendation.


When applying to Molecular Biology, please proceed directly to Graduate Admission.

All students admitted to the program receive tuition, health insurance, and a generous stipend. The stipend for the 2016-17 academic year is $34,000.

Financial Support


Graduate students will be encouraged to apply for fellowships at some point during their graduate career. Fellowship opportunities are available from the following:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Hertz Foundation
  • Department of Defense Breast Cancer
  • NJ Comission on Cancer Research (breast, prostate)
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
  • American Heart Association
  • American Lung Association
  • Autism Speaks
  • Ford Foundation
  • United Negro College Foundation Merck Science Initiative
  • Robert D. Watkins Minority
  • American Physics Association in Neuroscience
  • National Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada
  • NJ Commission on Spinal Cord Research

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, you must discuss the application first with the Graduate Administrator for approval, and with the Assistant Grants Manager for eligibility and assistance with application materials. Visit funding for a comprehensive list of agencies.

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